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Summer 1981 


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Hypnosis, a strange phenomenon 
or a regular occurance? Page 2. 



Summer 1981 Volume 10 Number 2 

You're in Control 2 

Hypnosis is probably not what you think it is. 

Music Therapy is for People Performance 6 

Learning may be as simple as learning your ABC's. 

Furniture That's Hard to Resist 10 

Furniture made by students in the crafts department is 
inviting to the touch. 

An Instant Friend 14 

Chaplains in the patient counseling program aid patient recovery. 

Commencement '81 17 

Graduates and honorees have a special day. 

Sports 19 

Did You Know 21 

Whatever Happened To 25 

Nancy J. Hartman, Editor 

James L. Dunn, Director of Alumni Activities 

Betsy F. Sweet, Assistant to the Director 

Mary Margaret C. Fosmark, Alumni Records Officer 

VCU Magazine is published quarterly for alumni and friends of Virginia 
Commonwealth University, Alumni Activities Office, Richmond, Virginia 
23284. Telephone (804) 257-1228 

Copyright © 1981 Virginia Commonwealth University 

Opinions expressed in VCU Magazine are those of the author or person being interviewed 
and do not necessarily reflect those of the university. 

Credits: Charlie Martin, design; Bob Jones, cover and pages 2-5 and 14; Cyane Lowden, 
pages 10-13; Richmond Newspapers, page 25; Hawaii Visitors Bureau, page 32. 

YouVe in 

A gold watch is dangled before 
the victim's eyes and is slowly 
moved back and forth; soon the 
victim is helpless — in control of a 
mad scientist. This portrayal of 
hypnotism, as seen in old movies, 
is what most people imagine hyp- 
nosis to be. It is considered a 
magical, mysterious event which 
can be used to control a person's 

But it is not; hypnosis is a part 
of every day life. According to Dr. 
Athony Joseph, assistant profes- 
sor of psychiatry, "Every adult 
has experienced the phenomenon 
hundreds of times. Yet, these 
periods are not recognized as 
hypnotic trances by the individ- 
ual." If you have ever become so 
engrossed in reading a book or 
watching a television program 
that you forgot a meal cooking on 
the stove until you smelled the 
food burning you have been in a 

light hypnotic trance. Your focus 
of attention was totally on the 
book or the television, and you 
were blocking out your peripheral 
senses. Concentrated attention is 

Misconceptions about hypnosis 
are due in part from a theory ac- 
companying its first documented 
medical use in the late 18th cen- 
tury. Viennese physician Franz 
Anton Mesmer used the trance 
state to cure physical and mental 
disorders. He believed this was 

through the realignment 
of magnetic fluids which 
exist within the body. This 
alignment he believed was 
accomplished through his power 
over patients. Mesmer was dis- 
credited by a panel of physicians 
for his belief in magnetic fluids; 
at the same time hypnosis was also 
discredited. But Mesmer's belief 
in the hypnotist's control over a 
subject prevailed. 

This belief became a premise for 
the incorporation of hypnosis into 
religious and occult practices in 
the early 19th century. During 
this time, physicians who used 
the technique became ostracized 
by their peers, and because of 

these mystical 
connections some 
physicians still regard 
hypnosis as a form of quackery. 

But many physicians and psy- 
choanalysts are beginning to ac- 
cept hypnosis as a legitimate tool 
in the treatment of psychological 
and physical problems. One rea- 
son for this change in attitude is 
research on the phenomenon has 
provided a method for analyzing 
a patient's trance leyel. 

Yet, according to Joseph, myths 
continue to exist about the art of 
hypnotising; the major one echo- 
ing the concept Mesmer be- 
lieved — the hypnotist controls the 
subject. But a person in a trance 
state does not use the hypnotist's 
power; insteacl self-contained, 
concentrated attention is used to 
reach the sub-conscious mind. 
Therefore, a person does not di- 
vulge secret information nor react 
to a suggestion unless there is 
concurrence with the hypnotist's 
request. This is true even for a 
person who agrees to be hypno- 
tized by a stage hypnotist, even 
though these hypnotists usualh' 
have the subject imitate an ani- 
mal, usually a chicken. Before the 
performance, the hypnotist asks 
for volunteers; he prescreens 
these candidates and picks out 
the most extroverted, someone 
willing to imitate a chicken even if 
not in a trance. 

Another mvth is that only 
women or the sick or the weak 
can be hypnotised. In fact almost 
everyone can be hypnotised. 
Some people never enter deep 
trances, but most people can re- 
spond to simple suggestions. 

The final m\'th is that h\-pnosis 
is like sleep. The name, hypnosis, 
is even derived from the Greek 
word for sleep, but the event is 
the opposite. It is a near total 
absorption with an idea. Under 
hypnosis a person must be able to 
hear, to think, to understand, and 
to feel as directed by the hypno- 

"I cannot make a person enter a 
trance," says Joseph. "A person 
does so because of the trust be- 
tween us." The induction proce- 
dure for hypnosis is designed to 
establish this trust and focus a 
person's attention on a clearly 
defined area, while withdrawing 
it from the general surroundings. 
For example, a person who has 
witnessed a crime wants to aid 
the police bv providing clues, but 
may not be able to because the 
details cannot be remembered. 
Joseph uses hypnosis to take the 
witness back to the day and time 
of the crime, to "look around" 
and explain what is seen. 

The induction process starts 
with the subject reacting to simple 
suggestions. "Relax, let your eyes 
roll up toward the ceiling. That's 
good. Now, your eyelids are get- 
ting heavy. They are getting so 
heavy you can barely keep your 

eyes open. Nlow, you can close 
them," says Joseph to a patient. 
"You are relaxed, cool and com- 
fortable. You are so relaxed. You 
feel as if you are floating; imagine 
that you are floating, that you are 
off in the clouds. So cool, so re- 
laxed, so comfortable." 

Once the hypnotist knows the 
subject is receptive to sugges- 
tions, the hypnotist has the sub- 
ject enter a light trance and then 
proceed to deeper trance levels. 
"Imagine you are going down 
stairs and as you go down, you 
are going deeper and deeper into 
the trance. You are down one stair 
— now, two — now, three and 
four. We're going still further. 
Five — six — seven — eight. You are 
so deep, cool and comfortable," 
says Joseph. The patient is now 
ready for therapy. Hypnosis is 
only a facilitator to make the ther- 
apy easier. 

Some persons in a hypnotic 
state actually experience changes 
in their perceptions. A good sub- 
ject, one that goes into the deeper 
trance levels, may look at a room 
full of people and see onl\- empty 
chairs, or may regress to the age 
of five and act like a five year old. 

Medical hypnotists in the 1960s 
believed hypnosis was based on 
three principles. The first, the law 
of concentrated attention, stated if 
a person's attention is concen- 
trated on an idea, the idea tends 
to realize itself. The second law 
said when a person's will and 
imagination come into conflict the 
imagination always wins, and the 
third, the dominate effect law, 
said attaching an emotion to a 
suggestion makes it more effec- 
tive. Today hypnotists realize the 
phenomenon is too complex to be 
defined by three principles, yet 
these concepts still apply. 

Hypnosis is not for everyone, 
but it can be used to assist many 
individuals with their ph\'sical or 
emotional problems. A trance 
state can be utilized in two ways 
by the therapist. The subject may 
either learn how to perform self- 
hvpnosis or may be assisted into 
the trance state to enable the ther- 
apist to learn information which 
will be used in regular therapy 

Self-hypnosis is an effective 
method of terminating an un- 
wanted habit such as nail biting, 
smoking or overeating, or it may 
be used to assist a subject to over- 
come a phobia. 

A therapist must be careful to 
let the subject determine the 
cause of the problem and a 
method for dealing with the prob- 
lem. A patient being taught self- 
hypnosis learns key words or 
phrases which are to be repeated 
in the trance state. These sugges- 
tions to the sub-conscious mind 
must be positive and must work 
on the actual problem or the prob- 
lem may become aggravated. 
"The sub-conscious mind seems 
to operate in an illogical manner 
and takes everything literally," 
says Josesph. "This makes it man- 
datory that a therapist work with 
a patient under hypnosis." 

In self-hypnosis, says]. William 
Underwood, assistant professor 
of rehabilitation counseling and a 
psychologist/'the frequency of the 
trance state is more important 
than the duration of the trance." 
"It's the repetition which causes 
the brain to remember," adds 

The brain is like a computer 
and remembers an event because 
of the effect on the brain or be- 
cause of repetition. A person 
starts self-hypnosis by entering a 
trance every few hours and stay- 
ing in the trance for only a few 
minutes. Sometimes it takes 
three to six months for the brain 
to accept the new suggestions; in 
other instances, the effect is al- 
most instantaneous. 

One subject, a male, was hyp- 
notised by Underwood for his 
smoking habit. The patient after a 
direct suggestion under hypnosis 
quit smoking immediately with 
few withdrawal symptoms. The 
man later returned for assistance 
in motivating himself at home 
and at work, and since the sum- 
mer of 1980 has been on a self- 
hypnosis program. 

This patient volunteered to take 
part in a pain control workshop 
for therapists. "I decided to take 
part in the experiment because I 
trust Bill and I knew that I would 
be aware and in control," says the 
subject. "I remember sitting be- 
fore a group of people and being 
put into a deep trance. Bill told 

me my left hand would be numb 
to the touch — all I could feel 
would be pressure. I then 
watched as he prepped my hand 
with alcohol and inserted a 19 
gauge needle under the top layers 
of skin on the back of my hand. It 
didn't hurt. The needle came out 
about one-inch away. It still sur- 
prises me that I didn't feel the 

Underwood says pain was not 
felt under hypnosis because the 
suggestion of numbness was ac- 
cepted. "The brain did not need 
to feel the pain; pain is meant 
only to notify the mind when 
something is wrong. If nothing is 
wrong the messages are not 

Underwood has been invited 
into hospitals to help children 
deal with the pain of chemother- 
apy or other medical treatments. 
In these instances. Underwood, 
usually leaves the child a gift — a 
shot spot. This is a place where 
the child cannot feel pain. The 
spot is moveable and can be posi- 
tioned where needed. "Children 
will tell a nurse or physician to 
wait a minute as they reposition 
their spot," says Underwood. 

"This does two things, one it 
gives the child some control over 
the situation and two there is no 

Pain control is a learned phe- 
nomenon and pain tolerance a 
cultural phenomenon. "During 
war hundreds of people with 
major problems do not feel pain 
until they reach a hospital/' says 
Underwood. "The rest of the time 
their attention is focused on sur- 
vival. It's this focusing which is 
important and how we get pa- 
tients to redirect their lives." 

A hypnotist works with the 
subject to review and simplify 
information which is useful in 
solving the subject's problem. In 
order to do this effectively, the 
hypnotist must be a qualified 
analyst who understands the 
complexities of therapy. For ex- 
ample, an overweight woman 
used her weight as an excuse for 
not participating in social situa- 
tions, such as a party. If she lost 
weight, according to Joseph, she 
would no longer have this excuse 
for non-interaction, but she 
would also have the insecuritv 
problem. He, therefore, combined 

hypnosis with therapy to assist 
both the weight and the insecu- 
rity problem. 

"In many areas a person needs 
little or no training to put out a 
shingle and begin a private hyp- 
notism practice," savs Under- 
wood. "These persons usually 
guarantee quick results through 
hypnosis and only deal with the 
symptoms rather than the prob- 
lem." Underwood is working with 
two organizations. The Society for 
Clinical Experimental Hypnosis 
and the American Society of Clini- 
cal Hypnosis, to require minimum 
competencies for hypnotists. He 
is also on a state committee which 
is working on licensing regula- 
tions for hypnotists in Virginia. 

"A patient under hypnosis for a 
severe problem, such as a multi- 
ple personality," says Joseph, 
"needs focusing and a connection 
to the sub-conscious mind to sort 
out information for the therapist. 
With hypnosis a patient's time in 
therapy may be reduced substan- 
tially because the connection is 
made easier." 

In an age regression session 

Joseph took a patient back to the 
day and hour the patient's mother 
died. Joseph learned what hap- 
pened and how the "twelve year 
old" felt on that particular day. 
The patient viewed the day as an 
observer removed emotionally 
from the events; he was in es- 
sence a reporter. Once Joseph 
learned of the events and the 
severe trauma for the young man, 
he could then work with the man 
on a conscious le\'el to deal with 
the emotional problems. 

The age regression technique 
and pain control phenomenon are 
two reasons wh\' clinical research 
is being conducted on hypnosis. 
As physicians and therapists be- 
come familiar with hypnosis 
through scientific studies, Joseph 
and Underwood are each recei\'- 
ing more patient referrals and are 
being requested to teach hypnosis 
workshops to physicians, dentists 
and therapists. "The medical com- 
munity is becoming con\'inced 
that hypnosis is not a mystery — 
that it works," says Joseph. But 
the best evidence is the number of 
persons helped through the use 
of hypnosis. S 


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Music has been an integral part 
of life for thousands of years, and 
it was taken for granted that mu- 
sic could "soothe the savage 
beast." But music and its educa- 
tional applications were also 
taken for granted. "As you know, 
most of us learned our ABC's by 
singing them," says Dr. Martha 
Giles, assistant professor of 
music, "but it wasn't until 
someone realized music also 
aided people to spell words, 
to annunciate, and to learn other 
tasks that the discipline of music 
therapy came into being." 

Approximately 30 years ago 
scientists began to ask questions 
about music and its applications 
for therapy. Why does some mu- 
sic calm, some excite? Why did 
primitive man use music to make 
crops grow and rid the tribe of 
evil spirits? Why did the ancient 
Greeks play music to their sol- 
diers to make them better fighters? 

Experiments were performed, 
and it was proved music can 
influence a person's behavior. 
Other investigators then worked 
to prove if responses to music 
could indicate if a person had a 
mental or emotional problem. Dr. 
George Giacobbe, assistant pro- 
fessor of education, studied re- 
sponses to happy or sad music 
made by normal and by emotion- 
ally disturbed boys between eight 
and nine years old. He learned 
normal youth perceived the music 
selections as either happy or sad, 
but disturbed youth were anxious 
and could not give a definite re- 
sponse; instead they gave many 
more responses. Giacobbe then 
switched the experiment's proce- 
dure. He asked youth who had 
not been identified as normal or 
disturbed to explain the music 
selections. Based on these expla- 
nations, he was able to diagnose 
which boys should be checked for 
an emotional problem. 


Therapy is 

for People 


Information about music's effect 
on people is being used daily to 
modify behavior. The familiar 
Muzak, heard in elevators, over 
the telephone when you are put 
on hold, or in the doctor's or den- 
tist's office, is an example. Mu- 
zak, according to Giles, "may 
drive some people crazv," but it is 
actually programmed to modify 
the average person's behavior — to 
make them less anxious. And 
music with a fast tempo, such as 
soft rock, is being used in steno 
pools and on assembly lines to 
stimulate workers to be more 

An experiment at a mental hos- 
pital in Oklahoma proved cata- 
tonics would respond to very 
loud Sousa marches. These peo- 
ple usually are immobile, stav in a 
stupor, and remain mute; but 
when musical instruments, such 
as a tambourine or a triangle, 
were placed in their hands and 
the Sousa marches were plaved, 
they responded to the music by 
echoing the rhythm on the musi- 
cal instruments. Eventually some 
individuals were brought out of 
the catatonic state and progressed 
to dressing themselves and walk- 

These experiments and the use 
of music as a behavior 
modification tool emphasized the 
need for persons who were 
trained in music as a therapy; 
persons who could plan pro- 
grams for individuals needing this 

therapy. A new discipline came 
into being — music therapy. 

At VCU three courses are being 
offered for music education, spe- 
cial education and education ma- 
jors. These courses are directed 
toward teaching the fundamentals 
of music therapy, basic behavior 
modification techniques, and mu- 
sic for the exceptional individual. 
All of the skills learned in these 
courses can be applied to the 
mainstreaming of handicapped 
youngsters into the regular class- 
room. "Now days, every teacher 
may have to deal with an excep- 
tional child in their classroom," 
says Giacobbe. "These children 
may be gifted, or physically, men- 
tally or emotionally handi- 
capped." "In many classes an 
exceptional child can disrupt the 
whole class," adds Giles. "For 
example, a child with an emo- 
tional problem may need much 
more attention than the rest of the 
class. Other children could get 
jealous because of the attention 
paid to this youngster and may 
begin to misbehave. A teacher 
must know how to reward the 
class for positive behavior and 
discipline for negative. Music can 
be used as part of the reward and 
punishment process." 

The instructor for the three 
courses, Rhonda Rinker, a music 
therapist at the Virginia Treatment 
Center, notes music therapy has 
been accountable for its pro- 
nouncements since the 1960s 
when researchers began publish- 
ing their work in the Journal of 
Music Therapy. She explains music 
therapy is different from music 
education because education is 
directed toward music perform- 
ance, while therapv is for people 
performance. "If it is important 
for a person to improve his or her 
self-image," says Rinker, "music 
therapy can facilitate that im- 






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Music, whether it is accompa- 
nied by song or not, "grabs peo- 
ple," savs Rinker. "Music can be 
used as sensory stimulation and 
adapted to individual needs. Toi- 
let training of retarded youngsters 
is sometimes based on music. 
Each step of the process is taught 
through song. When one step is 
mastered, the next step is sung to 
the youngster until the phrase is 
learned and understood. 

Music therapy is also used to 
teach stroke victims or apraxic 
children how to verbalize. One 
method, melodic intonation ther- 
apy, begins with the chanting of 
words, phrases or short sentences 
using a high and a low pitch to 
emphasize and reflect the natural 
pitches found in speaking. The 
therapy exaggerates these pitches 
to the extreme and causes a con- 
trast between components of a 
word, phrase or sentence. The 
pitch does not matter; what is 
important is that the patient be 
able to perceive the difference. 
Hand signals are used with these 

two pitches to accent the high or 
low sound and the rhythm of the 
word, phrase or sentence. As the 
patient progresses through the 
therapv phases, the verbal clues 
from the therapist are minimized, 
but the hand signals continue to 
emphasize the chanting pattern. 
With this therapy, a person who 
has not verbalized, may be able to 
repeat simple words and phrases 
within minutes of understanding 
the therapv process. 

For years it had been taken for 
granted that persons who stut- 
tered, such as Mel Tillis, could 
sing. Research indictes that this 
mav occur because speaking is a 
function of the left hemisphere of 
the brain, while singing is a right 
hemisphere function. Many re- 
searchers believe speech comes to 
nonverbal persons after they 
learn to sing or to chant words 
and phrases because the right 
hemisphere through practice 
overrides the left one, thereby. 

giving the person a new verbal 

Another hypothesis states be- 
cause music is pleasurable a per- 
son's anxiety level is reduced, 
thereby, helping the person forget 
about the task and concentrate on 
the pleasure derived from making 

Until a few years ago the music 
therapist always worked in a hos- 
pital setting, but Federal legisla- 
tion mandating the mainstream- 
ing of handicapped children into 
regular classes has caused public 
school systems to begin utilizing 
these therapists. 

A music therapist in a public 
school system works with class- 
room teachers on plans to moti- 
vate individual students. "In each 
class, whether exceptional chil- 
dren are in it or not, teachers 
have children with a wide range 
of abilities," says Rinker. "A 
teacher must have an individual 
plan for each student and a way 
of motivating those who do their 
best and discipling those who 






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don't. Music can be used as a 
reward, by letting a child listen to 
a favorite tape, or as punishment, 
by not letting a child participate in 
a fun activity. These beha\'ioral 
management programs are de- 
signed bv the therapist. 

"Music as a tool to modifv be- 
havior is exemplified bv a voung 
boy who was brought to me after 
I'd given a workshop on music 
therapy. He'd had a bad time in 
school that morning and had been 
sent to the principal's office. 1 sat 
down with the boy, and I taught 
him five notes on the piano. With 
these notes he could plav a song. 
After a short time he calmed 
down, and he did fine the rest of 
the day. He was not punished, 
instead he received specialized 
attention," says Rinker. "After a 
period of time his ability to make 
music would impro\'e his self-im- 
age and be a way for him to ac- 
quire verbal and social praise. As 
this happened, he would rely on 
himself for his accomplishments 
and not by misbehaving m class. 
As his behavior continued to im- 
prove, the classroom teacher 

would verbalize her approval and 
the music lessons would be short- 
ened, until he would be making 
music on his own time." 

"The focus of music therapy is 
to assist each student to be moti- 
vated to reach his or her full po- 
tential," adds Giles. For all chil- 
dren the skills learneci through 
music therapy may lead to self- 
confidence and a way of dealing 
with growing up. "Mainstreaming 
not only helps the exceptional 
child, but all children," says 
Rinker. "They learn to accept 
people who are different; thev 
also learn you must practice to be 
good at music or at anything. As 
they grow musically, clifferences 
between the children diminish. 
They become a group, a unit. In 
one public high school, a young 
man with a severe handicap con- 
ducted the student orchestra. His 
classmates and other students 
responded bv giving him a stand- 
ing ovation because thev knew he 
had worked at it, not because he 
was the best conductor, but be- 
cause of his achievement." S 

Three legged table In/ Robert 

C. bin/, of red oak, biibinga and ^^ 

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The richness of the design, the 
flow of the wood grain, the 
smoothness of the finish, and the 
exactness of detail are what 
caught my eye. 

I was at the Anderson Gallery 
for a reception. Next to the room 
where the reception was being 
held was a student exhibit of fur- 
niture. A sign at the entrance 
read, "Do Not Touch the Furni- 

But the furniture was hard to 
resist. A soft glide of the hand 
over the wood grain or a friendly 
pat on the back of a chair were 
indications that the sign was be- 
ing ignored. 

People were enjoying the ex- 
hibit of student work. Each piece, 
even those no one would think of 
buying, received praise. Ob- 
servers wanted to try out the 


Hard to 

three-legged chairs or sit at the 
dining room table. It was an invit- 
ing exhibit, and it made me feel 
proud of the students who put 
the exhibit together. 

A few days later the exhibit was 
gone but a visit to the crafts de- 
partment made me appreciate the 
furniture even more. 

A call to the crafts department 
introduced me to William S. Ham- 
mersley, assistant professor of 
crafts. Hammersley is a stickler 
when it comes to working with 
wood. He is not as interested in 

what a piece looks like as long as 
its made well. He says, "If a piece 
isn't made well, it doesn't matter 
what it looks like. It's still a piece 
of junk." 

According to Hammersley it's a 
shock to see how much furniture 
costs and see how poorly it's con- 
structed. "Most furniture is sold 
because of style. It looks pretty 
good in the store, but once it's 
home people find out about the 
structural problems." 

Hammersley teaches all the 
furniture courses and starts stu- 
dents off with the basic construc- 
tion techniques, which can be 
learned in a semester. He then 
has students design and make 
different pieces of furniture so 
they can learn the different struc- 
tural processes from each other. 
He has them draw up their initial 
furniture ideas with no idea of 
how to put the pieces together — 
or even if it will work. It is a time 
for problem solving. 

During the second year he has 
them make a "40-hour chair." "I 
give the assignment, and they 
have one work week to design 
and finish a chair. I tell them to 
make it simple, but the 40-hour 

limit forces tliem to i<eep it sim- 
ple. Every student comes in with 
the desire for their first piece to be 
a glorious carved piece like Victo- 
rian furniture, but thev must first 
learn the basics. Once they learn 
the basics and how to problem 
solve they can go on." 

Hammersley looks for a creative 
design in these 40-hour chairs anci 
a high level of technical skill. He 
notes that some students who 
have no experience in furniture 
making can make excellent dove- 
tail joints on their first try, while 
other students cannot handle the 
technical aspects but are more 

He stresses the 
quality of furni- 
ture in all his 
classes, because thi 
is what makes fine 
furniture. Structurally a 
metal connection, which is 
used in commercial furniture 
production, is not as sound 
as a solid wood connection, 
because wood connections 
expand and contract with the 
wood. But, according to Ham- 
mersley, metal is used all the 
time, "This causes the styles to 
look alike. There have been no 
great new designs, just design 
applications on alreaciy made 
furniture, in the last 30 years." 

He also stresses a piece of furni- 
ture must be something a person 
can live with, like a collection of 
books. "Original furniture doesn't 
have to be installed in a museum, 
rather it must function," he says. 
"Dave's piece [dining room set] 
has an oriental flare and will be 
given as a gift to his sister. It fits 
into her style of living. Now he's 
adding leaves to the table. They 
don't fit the design, but they are a 
necessity. The piece must serve, 
must be what it is supposed to 

Students strive to solve design 
problems with wood and other 
materials, such as glass, plastics, 
metal and leathers. Each element 
when combined must have the 
same flow, the same weight, and 
the same effect on the viewers. 

"I tell students to make furni- 
ture that comes from their own 
sense of what's right and follow 
through with it. They shouldn't 

Coffee table by Robert C. bin/, sopliomorc 
lb }iuuic from tciik, ivnhiut mid glci^f. 

Glass and wood breakfast table by seiiior crafts student jamey M. Hutchmson. 






Chair of Honduras mahogany is 
ty junior K. B. Gore. 


Oriental influence dining set, Enstniaii Award winner, hy Daviil R. 
Rogers, a senior in erafts, is of onk -with haudwoivn cotton seat cushions. 

Checkerboard buffet of cliern/, maple and brass is by 
Ellen Longino, a first year graduate student. 

try to be like someone else," says 
Hammersley. "If a student 
doesn't follow through on a pro- 
ject I mark him down. There are 
always problems to be solved, but 
we learn we can solve them to- 

"I tell students it's a big risk 
doing something different from 
what is now considered the norm, 
but it's these risks that make 
style," continues Hammersley. 
"For Jamey [table with glass legs] 
the secret was to get wood, which 
is a rigid form, to follow lines of a 
fluid — the glass. "He had to com- 
bine the elements so they were of 
equal weight. He also did the 
reverse of most tables. The glass 
forms the legs, while the flowing 
wood forms the top. And it's Ja- 
mey. He's a glass blower; he used 
his skills to produce a piece that 

says, 'I'm Jamey Hutchinson." 
A student learns the limits of 
wood — how much it will curve, 
how it expands and contracts, 
and what must be provided in a 
design to insure a design does not 
hinder the natural wood ele- 
ments. "The dining set is a perfect 
example of a structural need and 
a design element. Dave needed a 
way for the wood to expand and 
contract where it was joined at 
the top of the legs. So he added 
another oriental influence, the 
slots, but it was a structural need, 
says Hammersley, "not a pure 
design element." 

In the last year of training, stu- 
dents use their knowledge of 
structure to alter a design within 
this structural format. They in- 
vent structure to make a piece 
they have created. "I tell students 
they should take a little longer to 

make something that is theirs. 
Invent something. They may not 
know how thev are going to make 
the piece, but thev must know 
how to problem solve. Like any 
art media they must know how to 
motivate themselves, instead of 
waiting for a teacher to give them 
a problem; they should have a 
handle on their personal direction 
and have confidence in finding 
and solving valid problems." 
Hammersley continues, "What- 
ever they do, they must follow 
through. They have a chance to 
control their own environment. 
The skills thev learn can be ap- 
plied to making a fork or a tem- 
ple — all systems are the same. 
They just have to do it."0 


An Instant 


"Who can walk into a patient's 
room and become a friend in less 
than 30 seconds? " asks A. Patrick 
L. Prest, Jr., director of the chap- 
laincy program at MCV Hospitals. 
"The answer is obvious," he says 
answering his own question, "a 
chaplain." The ability to relate to 
people on a spiritual basis is im- 
portant, and Prest believes doc- 
tors may get better results from 
treatments by taking advantage of 
a patient's religious beliefs. 

Many patients at MCV Hospi- 
tals want to know, "why me?" 
They ask if God is getting even 
with them — if their illness is a 
form of punishment. "One man, 
an older man, had been inconsid- 
erate his whole life," says Ben 
Bissell, a first year student in the 
patient counseling program, "but 
by the time he left the hospital 
three weeks later, God had taught 
him to be more sensitive to peo- 
ple's needs." 

Another chaplain in the patient 
counseling program, Jane Braw- 
ley, notes patients, even non-reli- 
gious ones, welcome her and her 
colleagues, but a family might 
view the presence of a chaplain as 
a sign that the patient is going to 
die. "I give them my 'I'm not a 
vulture speech'," says Brawley. "I 
let them know I am not the bearer 
of bad news, that people do get 
better and go home. Yet, physi- 
cians do call us to help families 
deal with death, to help the fam- 
ily with the initial shock, to con- 
tact a family minister or rabbi, or 
just to show someone cares. And 
we also assist physicians with 
transplant requests and acquiring 
permission for an autopsy." 

Being a chaplain at the hospi- 
tals can mean a 24-hour day for 
the nine students in the patient 
counseling program. Each student 
works on a rotation basis to in- 
sure the hospital is covered at all 

The patient counseling program 
is housed in the School of Allied 
Health Professions, has been in 
existence for 24 years, and has 
trained more than 350 men and 
women in patient counseling. 

Most students have been pastors 
and had pastoral responsibilities 
before coming to the program. 
Each student is drawn to the pro- 
gram to acquire a better under- 
standing of themselves and their 
limitations as counselors. But the 
program is not limited to assisting 
patients; the program also assists 
staff to deal with value questions 
and the anxieties associated with 
life and death decision making. 

Patient counselors Jane Btawky and Ben 
Bissell meet with Ehm Emus to insure 
her minister has contacted her. 

Each counselor has an individu- 
alized study program and is as- 
signed to a specific area of the 
hospital, with each counselor 
responsible for approximately 125 
patients. Bissell notes he came to 
MCV from Florida "because by 
reputation it's one of the best 
training centers in the East." His 
goal is to become a pastoral coun- 
selor. "I don't view myself as 
competing with an analyst for 
patients, but I view myself as 
someone to go to for support. We 
are not exclusive of the other 
helping professions. We are gen- 
eralists, and we deal with faith," 
adds Bissell. 

"One advantage of having the 
patient counselor program," says 
Brawley, "is patients have some- 
one to vent their feelings to." 

MCV may have patients staving 
for as long as five months, and 
these people need to talk with 
someone about their fears and 
their faith. 

The chaplains are constantly 
being referred patients by physi- 
cians and nurses. If someone 
starts throwing food after learn- 
ing of the need for a colostomy a 
chaplain is asked to help, or if a 
divorce or separation is asked of a 
patient the counselors are called. 
"Physicians and nurses just don't 
have the time to take care of these 
problems. Yet, these problems can 
affect attitudes which in turn af- 
fect recovery," says Ron Ort, a 
first year student with the pro- 

Patients may be concerned be- 
cause so many people view a co- 
lostomy site or stand around 
watching a standard procedure 
and want to let someone know 
they are upset. The chaplains 
explain MCVs role as a teaching 
facility and the need for students 
to learn. If a patient is extremelv 
agitated, the chaplain will speak 
with a nurse or the attending 
physician about the problem. 

"Our biggest challenge 
though," adds Brawley, "is the 
patient's family. Many people, 
especially parents, feel guilty that 
their son or daughter is in the 
hospital instead of them. We have 
to get them to deal with this guilt 
or to seek professional help." 

Another challenge is the medi- 
cal personnel who are in stressful 
situations everyday and who 
must make life and death deci- 
sions, yet according to Prest, 
these people do not have training 
which will allow them to take 
advantage of a patient's religion. 
They also do not know how to 
make use of their own religious 
beliefs in making value decisions. 
Physicians, according to Prest, 
have their personal values and 
attitudes formed through their 
medical training, which does not 
allow for religious education. Yet 
the physicians need strong values 
for the daily decisions which need 


Ben Bissell and physical therapist Deborah Skalsky discuss 
Jessie Wilson's progress on the "zvcilking" machine. 

to be made. These include deci- 
sions about a patient's quality of 
life or a patient's refusal of medi- 
cal treatment. "These fundamen- 
tal questions dealing with the 
human existance are essentially 
religious questions," notes Prest. 

In a report of the Institute of 
Human Values and Medicine, 
Medicine and Religion, Prest, with 
Thomas L. McElhinnev of the 
Institute, writes, "The doctor 
should not take into professional 
life attitudes and opinions about 
religion that are far below the 
level of training expected in their 
area of professional development. 

They note, potential benefits of 
religion are neglected by most 
physicians, even though patients 
with religious beliefs tend to im- 
prove faster than patients without 
these beliefs. Medical personnel 
must understand the role of reli- 
gion in life, savs Prest. "It may be 
a placebo, but placebos have been 
proven to work." 

"We must give people permis- 
sion to talk about their religious 
beliefs," says Ron Ort. "We must 
provide a more holistic approach 
to patient care, and this includes 
getting medical personnel in- 
volved." "People are whole hu- 
man beings, and to ignore reli- 
gion is to treat less than the whole 
person," adds Prest. Another first 
year student, Chris Boyd adds, "If 
the spirit is troubled so is the 


whole body." Boyd has formed a 
stress workshop for staff working 
in the Intensive Care Unit. "These 
people make life and death deci- 
sions everyday. They may work 
on a patient for days and the pa- 
tient dies, or they may see some- 
one they have saved resent being 
alive and handicapped," says 
Boyd. "The workshop is to let 
staff talk about their values and 
their feelings. In the ICU atten- 
tion is always directed toward the 
patient, not toward the staff who 
come in a distant second." "Staff 
have no time to wean from a pa- 
tient — feelings are unfinished," 
adds Ort. "It is easier when they 
can talk about their feelings and 
know they are not the onlv per- 
son who is grieving or is angry." 

All chaplains learn about the 
grief process and its effect on pa- 
tients, their families and staff. 
"Shock, denial, anger, bargaining, 
acceptance, and regeneration are 
the steps of the grieving process, 
but people don't realize their feel- 
ings jump back and forth. They 
say, '1 thought I'd worked this 
through, why am I crying right 
now.' We let them know this is 
common, a normal reaction; they 
are not coming apart at the 
seams," savs Bissell. 

"We are the liaison between 
people in the hospital. We work 

with social workers and patient 
representatives and function in a 
multiple of ways," says Ort. "Yet, 
the main theme is faith. We ex- 
pect, as do patients and hospital 
staff, that the church and its min- 
isters will provide certain things; 
be supportive in times of stress, 
sensitive to needs, and help with 

"On a very fundamental level," 
says Prest, "patients are terribly 
vulnerable. They sometimes don't 
understand, even if a procedure 
has been explained 20 times. A 
tonsillectomy can be just as trau- 
matic as a heart transplant. A 
patient is afraid, grieving, anxious 
and, most of all, lonely — isolated 
from things he loves. It's a dehu- 
manizing experience." 

"Religion does plav an impor- 
tant role in health care," says 
Brawley. "A heart surgery candi- 
date was nervous, on edge. I was 
asked to talk to him. We reflected 
on his life. He wanted to speak 
with his family pastor, and I 
called his church. The man reded- 
icated his life to God and became 
a different man. He was at 
peace — calm. The effect helped 
him on a physical level so the 
surgeons could do their job. It 
was wonderful, and now he's 
back home after a successful oper- 
ation. And that's what we're here 
for." § 


Commencement exercises for 3,330 graduates of the university were iieid at tiie Riciimond Coliseum on Saturday, 
May 16, 1981. Dr. Baruj Benacerraf, a 1945 graduate of MCV who received the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology 
in 1980, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary doctor of science degree. 

Forty-two percent of the students received graduate degrees from the university's thirteen schools. In all 1,400 grad- 
uate degrees were awarded at the master's, doctorate, professional, and terminal level, and 1,930 undergraduate de- 
grees were conferred at the bachelor's and associate's level. 

The School of Business produced the largest number of graduates. There were 600 candidates for 182 graduate and 
418 undergraduate degrees in that school. The School of Arts and Sciences had 530 candidates for 116 graduate de- 
grees and 414 undergraduate degrees. Of 421 candidates in the School of the Arts, 70 were for graduate degrees and 
351 for undergraduate degrees. 

The School of Community Services had 106 graduate-degree and 144 undergraduate degree candidates; with the 
School of Basic Sciences having 22 for doctorates and three for master's degrees. In the School of Graduate Studies 15 
candidates received graduate degrees. A special program in the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Education had 14 
master's degree candidates. 

The School of Social Work conferred 213 degrees, the School of Dentistry 127, and the School of Medicine 172 de- 
grees. The School of Pharmacy, 102 degrees, the School of Allied Health, 195, and the School of Nursing, 180. 


Honornrif Doctor of Science 

Dr. Baruj Benacerraf 

The first honorary degrees were 
awarded in 1976; since that time 
six persons have received this 
honor: Mr. Eppa Hunton IV, Mr. 
Virginius Dabnev, Miss Theresa 
Pollak, Dr. Chapman Hunter Bin- 
ford, Mr. Paul Grant Rogers, and 
Dr. Richard C. Atkinson. 

Dr. Baruj Benacerraf 

Dr. Baruj Benacerraf received 
his degree in medicine from the 
Medical College of Virginia in 
1945 and was one of three to 
share the 1980 Nobel Prize in 
Medicine and Physiology. 

Benacerraf, chairman of the 
Harvard Department of Pathologv 
and president of the Sidney Far- 
ber Cancer Institute in Boston, 
shared the award with Dr. George 
Snell of the Jackson Laboratory in 
Bar Harbor, Maine, and Dr. Jean 
Daussit of the Immunological 
Laboratory of St. Louis Hospital 
in Paris. The prize was awarded 
for their discoveries on how ge- 
netically determined cell struc- 
tures determine whether a person 
successfully combats cancer and 
other diseases. 

Before joining Harvard, Bena- 
cerraf held teaching and research 
positions at Columbia Universit\'; 
New York University; the Hospi- 
tal Broussais, Paris; and the Na- 
tional Institutes of Health. 

He was born in Venezuela and 
at age five moved to Paris, 
France, where he lived until 1939. 
In 1940 his family moved to New 
York where he entered Columbia 
University. Later, while studying 
at the Medical College of Virginia, 
Benacerraf joined the U.S. Army 
and became a U.S. citizen in 1943. 
He later saw two years service in 
the U.S. Army in Europe. 

Benacerraf has held positions of 
distinction in many medical and 
research societies including: presi- 
dent of the American Association 
of Immunologists, president of 
the American Societ\' for Experi- 
mental Biology and Medicine, and 
president of the International 
Union of Immunological Societies. 

Throughout his teaching and 
research career, Benacerraf has 
devoted his energies to research 
in the immunogenetics and re- 
lated fields. To his associates he is 
known as a thorough and persist- 
ent researcher and one devoted to 
nurturing and dex'eloping young 
men and women toward excel- 
lence in scientific research. 


Wayne Medal Recipients 

Dr. W'l/iidlmin Bolliii^i Blivitoii. Jr. 

Dr. Harry Lyons 

The Edward A. Wayne Medal, one of the highest honors bestowed 
bv Virginia Commonwealth University, was awarded to Drs. Wynd- 
ham Boiling Blanton, Jr. and Harry Lyons. 

The award is in recognition of extraordinary service to the university 
and the medal has only been presented three times, to Mr. Eppa Hun- 
ton IV, Mr. and Mrs. Claiborne Robins and Dr. H. I. Willett. 

The medal is named in honor of Mr. Edward A, Wayne, chairman of 
the Commission to Plan for the Establishment of a Proposed State-Sup- 
ported Universitv in the Richmond Metropolitan Area. This commis- 
sion recommended and the General Assembly approved the establish- 
ment of VCU in 1968. In addition, Mr. Wayne served as VCU's first 

Dr. Wyndham Boiling 
Blanton, Jr. 

Dr. Wyndham BoUmg Blanton, 
Jr., has served Virginia Common- 
wealth Universitv since 1969, as a 
member of the Board of Visitors 
and as a friend of the institution. 
Earlier he served as liaison to the 
Wayne Commission which recom- 
mended the establishment of the 

His association with the Medi- 
cal College of Virginia began 
when he entered the School of 
Medicine where he obtained his 
M.D. degree m 1950. At MCV, 
Blanton also received a master of 
science degree in physiology in 
1959 and served his residency in 
internal medicine. For ten years 
he was associate dean of the 
School of Medicine in charge of 

From 1972 to his retirement 
from the Board of Visitors in 1980, 
Blanton served the institution as 
rector, giving generously of his 
time in providing direction and 
leadership to an institution which 
was experiencing its greatest per- 
iod of growth. 

He was a member of the found- 
ing organization of the Council of 
Visitors, an organization repre- 
senting members of Boards of 
Visitors of Virginia's state-aided 
colleges and universities. He was 


elected as the first president of 
the council. 

A native of Richmond, Blanton 
attended St. Christopher's School 
and the University of Richmond 
where he received his undergrad- 
uate degree in economics in 1943 
before seeing wartime service in 
the Pacific with the United States 

In 1973 he gave up an extensive 
private practice to join the Charter 
Medical Corporation where he is 
presently vice-president for medi- 
cal affairs. 

In addition to his service to the 
university, Blanton has served on 
many local and national boards 
and commissions including; clini- 
cal faculty. Joint Commission on 
Accreditation of Hospitals, mem- 
ber of the Board of the Virginia 
Hospital Associahon, the Profes- 
sional Standards Review Organi- 
zation Committee of the Federa- 
tion of American Hospitals, 
president of the Virginia Society 
of Internal Medicine, president of 
the Council for Physicians of the 
American Hospital Association, 
and president of the Virginia Hol- 
stein Association. 

Blanton's awards include Alpha 
Omega Alpha, Sigma Zeta, Alpha 
Sigma Chi, Alpha Mu Omicron, 
and the 1969 recipient of the VPI 
Dairy Club Award for the greatest 
contribution to the Virginia Dairy 

Dr. Harry Lyons 

Dr. Harry Lyons entered the 
Medical College of Virginia School 
of Dentistry in 1919, and he 
joined the School of Dentistry 
faculty shortly after his gradua- 
tion in 1923. He served through 
all the ranks from instructor to 
professor and head of the Depart- 
ment of Oral Pathology. In 1951 
he was named dean of the School 
of Dentistry and served in that 
capacity until his retirement in 1970. 

During his tenure the school 
grew from an entering class of 
less than a dozen stucients to an 
entering class of 100 students. 
Two buildings were constructed 
under his direction, and one dedi- 
cated in January 1971, is named 
for him. 

In his retirement Dr. Lyons 
continues to serve the university 
as a consultant for grants and 
contracts and as special assistant 
for development, 1972-76. He was 
the first recipient of a 50-year 
service award presented at VCU. 

Dr. Lyons is the only Virginian 
who has served as president of 
the American Dental Association 
and is one of only five persons 
who has been elected president of 
the three major dental associa- 
tions: the American Dental Asso- 
ciation, the American Association 
of Dental Schools, and the Ameri- 
can College of Dentists. He was 
speaker of the House of Delegates 
of the American Dental Associa- 
tion for four terms and has 
chaired at least five national com- 
mittees in the profession. Dr. 
Lyons has been awarded honor- 
ary degrees by Temple University, 
Manitoba University, New York 
University, and in 1979, the Doc- 
tor of Science from Washington 
and Lee University. 

His many awards include the 
Alpha Omega Achievement 
Award, 1956; the William J. Gies 
Award of the American Academy 
of Perodontology, 1965; the 
Maimonides Award of the State of 
Israel, 1978; the William J. Gies 
Award of the American College of 
Dentists, 1978; and more recently 
the Virginia Association of Profes- 
sions Distinguished Service 
Award in 1980. 

Dr. Lyons has served as con- 
sultant to several U.S. govern- 
ment health care organizations 
and also as consultant to the State 
of Israel in establishing that na- 
tion's dental schools. 


Athletes of the Year 

Mike Hohl 

Beckv Crow, the first woman 
basketball player at VCU to score 
1,000 points and a member of the 
All-State Team, and Mike Hohl, 
third year Virginia State Cham- 
pion, NCAA finalist and VCU 
Outstanding Swimmer, were se- 
lected the 1980-81 Athletes of the 

Selection was based on their 
competitiveness as well as their 
community and classroom activi- 

Crow and Hohl were selected 
from nominations made by the 
coaches and their staffs and were 
voted on bv members of the ath- 
letic department. 

Kenny Staficell 

Top in His Class 

Kennv Stancell, VCU's rising 
senior who will be one of the key 
people on next season's basketball 
team, was named the top junior 
basketball plaver in the Sun Belt 

Stancell, who plavs center for 
the Rams, lead them to a NCAA 

appearance. He is from Galatia, 
North Carolina, stands 6 foot 9, 
weights 225 pounds, and aver- 
aged 16 points per game. Stancell, 
after making 31 points and grab- 
bing 19 rebounds in two games in 
the Sun Belt Tournament, was 
named the Most Valuable Player 
by a vote of the news media at the 

Richard Radford 

Golf Recruit 

Marty Gerr, VCU golf coach, 
has signed Richard Radford for 
the golf team. Radford has been a 
starter and letterman since his 

freshman year at Meadowbrook 
High School in Richmond. 

He helped the Monarchs to 
consecutive district champion- 
ships in 1979 and 1980 and the 
Central Division crown in 1979. In 
addition, Radford was the top 
17-year-old in the Keystone Junior 
Invitational, defeating the Nos. 5 
and 6 ranked juniors in the coun- 

Radford plans to major in mass 
communicahons while at the uni- 
versity and hopes to attend the 
MCV School of Dentistry. 

Gerr says, "Richie is the first to 
be signed in the continuing effort 
to move VCU golf to the forefront 
in the state and Sun Belt confer- 
ence competition." 


VCU Wrestler Makes 
NCAA Tournament 

Mike Catling, a 6-foot-3V: inch, 
22 year old, senior, was the first 
VCU wrestler to compete in the 
NCAA national championships. 

Catling's 24-5 record and his 
winning the state and regional 
tournaments advanced him to the 
nationals in the 190-pound 
bracket. This was quite a feat 
since he sat out last year because 
he was working to earn enough 
money to return to school this 

Coach Vince Roane says, "It's 
the sort of thing we are trying to 
do in wrestling— first the state 
title, then regional, and now na- 
tional recognition. 

Catling originally began wres- 
tling in the heavy-weight divi- 
. sion, but at 205 pounds, he was 
wrestling opponents who 
weighed close to 400 pounds. He 
says, "I was doing okay, but 
when you're always facing guys 
- who weight 150-200 pounds more 
than you, it gets tough." As a 

It Was the Year that Wasn't 

For want of one run, 20 games 
were lost. 

If VCU's baseball coach, Lou 
Martin, would pen an epic poem 
about the 1980-81 season, the 
one-run losses would be his 
theme in that 20 of the 31 losses 
(11-31) as of April 27 were by the 
margin of a single run. 

"We started off with great ex- 
pectations," said Martin, "and on 
paper it looked as if we had a 
good chance to win the Sun Belt 
title. But then, in a week, we lost 
our leading hitter because of a 
shoulder operation, two pitchers 
and a couple of outfielders who 
dropped out of school." 

Rodney Wright (.305), short- 
stop, and Don Phillips (.300), 
catcher, were the only regulars at 
the .300 mark as of April 25. Eight 

of the men stayed in the .200-plus 
category: Rusty Vernon, 3-B-DH, 
.297; Jay Tyler,' 2-B, .277; Roy Ri- 
chardson, 3-B-SS, .265; Tim 
Beamer, catcher, .262; David Wilt- 
shire, 1-B-3-B, .238; Mike Dolan, 
OF, .220; Robert Furgurson, OF, 
.219; Charles Scott, OF, .210. 

Mike Wilmoth had the lowest 
ERA as of April 25 with 3.16. He 
had won four of the last seven 
games. Next in line was a fresh- 
man, Rhett Bochette (2-2) with an 
ERA of 5.19. 

Top victories during the season 
included split wins over Liberty 
Baptist, Old Dominion, Virginia, 
and UNCC. 

Watkins struck out 53 and 
walked 47. Wilmouth earned 26 
strikeouts and issued 20 walks. 

contender in the lighter-weight 
class. Catling has to drop weight 
before every meet, and he had to 
loose 19 pounds to make his 
weight for the nationals. 

The year away from wrestling 
was hard on Catling, but he made 
it pay off educationally. He spent 
the year working at the Beaumont 
Learning Center and feels the 
experience was a good one, since 
he is majoring in social work and 
wants to be a juvenile counselor. 

But he quickly adds, "It was 
rough watching my teammates. I 
didn't feel a part of the team, 
because I didn't have time to 
work out with them." 

This year he has made the time, 
and Catling says, "This is the first 
year I've felt confident about my 
ability. I feel good about the 
NCAA. I'll probably even wrestle 
in a couple of tournaments during 
the summer." 

Catling's dream of an NCAA 
victory didn't happen. He was 
hurt in his first match and was 
not allowed to finish the competi- 

Tennis Makes a Racket 

VCU's men's tennis team ended 
the 1981 season with a 9-0 victory 
that gave Coach Bill Doeg's team 
a 13-12 record. The team, in only 
its second year of existence, sur- 
passed what Doeg had hoped for 
this early in the development of 
the squad. 

Freshman led the way, particu- 
larly Kevin Winston and Steve 
Specter. The Specter-Winston 
doubles team, with 11-6, earned 
the best doubles record. 

The VCU women's team 
finished 4-8 after a season marked 
by injuries and rained-out 
matches. Senior Sylvia Jiggetts 
was the only woman to post a 
winning record, finishing 5-4 in 
singles and joining Pat Coldberg 
for a 5-4 doubles mark. 


Division II, All Americans: (left) Siwlly 
Frazier, Pain Thomas, Pam Bonfield, and 
Lee Ann Sivart 

The All-American Girls 

The VCU women's swim relay 
team were designated Division II 
All-Americans at the nationals 
held at Northern Mighigan Uni- 
versity in Marquette. The team 
competed against some familiar 
Virginia teams; the University of 
Richmond, William and Mary, 
and James Madison. Clarion State 
College, Clarion, Pennsylvania, 
won the tournament. 

Front ro-w: Pam Southall, Ruby Johnson, Gretchen Carter, Kelli/ McDonald, Nancy 
Williams. Middle roiv: Mgr. Suzette Reed, Connie Watford, Rachel Jordan, Susan Caskie, 
Darleen Epps, Coach Mike Mays. Back Row: Mgr. Davenna McGlone, Barbara Watford. 
Becky Crow, and Pat Perry. 

Women Rams Win State 

The VCU women's basketball 
team won the Division II state 
title with wins over Radford (76- 
72) and William and Mary (72-70). 

Susan Caskie was the leading 
scorer with 21 points in the 
semifinal win over Radford. Be- 
cky Crow contributed 14 points 
and 12 rebounds. 

In the championship game 
VCU rushed to a 17 point halftime 

lead, shooting 52.5 percent from 
the field. The Rams weathered a 
W&M rally that cut the margin to 
one, and won with superior foul 
shooting. Connie Watford led 
with 16 points and 14 rebounds, 
Susan Caskie added 16 points. 

Crow and Watford were both 
all-tournament selections as well 
as previously being named to the 
all-state team. It was the second 
straight all-state appearance for 

Did You Know. 

Classic Clothes Find A 
Place To Hang 

For almost a quarter of a cen- 
turv, Bonnie Cashin designed 
clothes for Sills and Company 
that had a way of becoming clas- 

Recently more than three dozen 
of these clothes were donated to 
the department of fashion design, 
thanks to the generosity of Philip 
Sills, president and owner of the 
now-closed firm. 

"This is very rare," says 
Kathleen Hajek, assistant profes- 
sor of the fashion faculty, "most 
manufacturers never let a pattern 

Cape and dress, two of the 3'h dozen original Bonnie Cashin creations, donated to VCU's 
Department of Fashion Design by Sills and Company. The clothes are modeled by 
sophomore fashion major Renee fackson. 


But Sills had saved all of 
Cashin's sample garments — the 
first from each pattern — and he 
wanted to find a use for them 
when he closed the business. He 
sought institutions which had 
both a fashion department and a 
costume collection, and VCU 

The department has garments 
dating back to 1812 which are 
used in all aspects of the depart- 
ment's teaching program. The 
collection also is used by the de- 
partment of theatre for its teach- 
ing of the history of costume and 
for copying for some stage pro- 

Sills invited Hajek to choose 
some Cashin creations while she 
was visiting in New York City last 
vear, suggesting that clothes se- 
lected cover the span of the vears 
the designer worked for his com- 

Hajek pulled 30 garments, not 
wishing to seem greedy but trying 
to take full advantage of an unu- 
sual opportunity. Later, while 
waiting for completion of a review 
and appraisal of the garments 
before they were mailed, she had 
a telephone conversation with 

"He said he thought we needed 
a few more," she says, her eves 
sparkling, "so he was sending 

Thus the department got 42 
garments constituting 37 complete 
outfits, plus patterns and a 
sketchbook covering a season of 
Cashin's work. 

The market value of the collec- 
tion is $21,235 with intiividual 
garment prices ranging from $175 
for a pair of aqua pants (1958) and 
for a pair of mustard green pants 
(1961) to $925 for a pastel, blue- 
gold, mohair tweed coat (1965). 

But the value for the students 
who will view the collection year 
after year or for the faculty using 
the garments as teaching aids 
would be difficult to estimate. 

As a recipient of the firm's gen- 
erosity, VCU is in company with 
the Costume Institute of the Met- 
ropolitan Museum of Art, the 
Fashion Institute of Technology, 
the Smithsonian Institution, the 
Los Angeles County Museum of 
Art, the University of Minnesota, 
the Western Reserve Historical 


Society, and the Rhode Island 
School of Design. 

From the time she started de- 
signing for Philip Sills, Bonnie 
Cashin created clothes which 
unmistakably had her mark. Dur- 
ing more than one period when 
an impersonal flavor character- 
ized the majority of a season's 
fashions, a Cashin design was 
distinctive enough to pick out, yet 
with a timeless quality that let the 
practical investor wear it for sea- 
son after season. 

Writing in 1973, she took issue 
with any assumption that obsoles- 
cence is "desirable as a status 
symbol," but carefully made a 
distinction between forced and 
rational obsolescence. The latter 
kind she approved: "When a 
thing becomes better, is improved 
and grows, then rational obsoles- 
cence is at work . . . the opposite 
of forced change." 

Use of canvas is one Cashin 
trademark, and items in VCU's 
collection are also trimmed with 
bias leather. She used it in all 
types of garments, from elegant 
evening wear to the most practical 
day outfits. 

It was her combination of 
beauty and practicality, enforced 
by her knack for choosing the 
right fabric for each design, that 
led one fashion commentator to 
describe her clothes as "looking as 
workmanlike as overalls but a lot 

Riese-Melton Winner 

Robert H. Johnston, assistant 
professor of mathematical sci- 
ences and special services coordi- 
nator for mathematics, was the 
winner of the VCU Riese-Melton 
Award for cross cultural relations. 
The award was given for his work 
with disadvantaged and handi- 
capped students. 

Johnston sees himself as kind of 
a father figure to students. "My 
philosophy is that you don't treat 
special services students any dif- 
ferent from others. I tell students 
to see me if they are having prob- 
lems in class. Then I give them 
assignments and make sure they 
do homework everyday. I'll even 
check it for them," says Johnston. 
"I then make sure they know they 
must do homework every day — it 
makes a difference. Once students 
learn this thev do okav." 

The students Johnston works 
with generally do not meet VCU's 
regular entrance requirements, 
but are admitted for a summer 
session of remedial courses which 
will bring them to the level of the 
admission requirements. Students 
are accepted for special services if 
they come from an economically 
deprived environment. Very few 
of the 400 students admitted into 
the summer program need all of 
the remedial courses, but Johnton 
says, "Some need the basic 
arithmetic concepts — adding, 
intergers, multiplications, and 
fractions. We have to build the 
basic rules. All of this material is 
put into a 4-'/: work week period, 
so they have to work hard. They 
must build proper study tech- 
niques and are graded every 

Johnston believes he received 
the award for his informal contact 
with students, not for his teach- 
ing. "I spend time with anv stu- 
dent who's having a problem. I 
try to give time to VCU students 
just like I want my kids to be 
treated. I hope teachers will talk 
with my kids and help them de- 
velop not only academically but in 
character. To help them develop 
guidelines for use everyday, so 
they can give themselves a fair 
shake on the future. This is what 
kids need." 

Johnston came to VCU eleven 
vears ago from the U.S. Air Force 
Academy when the VCU mathe- 
matics department was being 
developed. He notes, "Students 
at VCU are not different. Students 
find out we mean business and 
learn that if they work they can 
do anything they want to do. In 
fact, many of our students have 
more desire to succeed. It makes 
us proud when someone comes 
back who has accomplished their 
goals and is enjoying their work 
and life." 

VCU & State Exchange 

A Faculty-Executive Exchange 
Program between VCU and state 
government agencies under the 
Office for Human Resources was 
initiated in February. 

The program will provide op- 
portunities for university faculty 
to serve temporarily in executive 

level positions in selected agen- 
cies under the Secretary for Hu- 
man Resources. Similarly, agency 
executives will have the opportu- 
nity to serve in university faculty 
and research roles. 

VCU President, Dr. Edmund F. 
Ackell, notes the program is de- 
signed to develop a closer work- 
ing relationship between the uni- 
versity and governmental 
agencies in Virginia. 

A special selection committee 
has been formed to make appoint- 
ments to the voluntary program 
which will be administered 
through the university's Center 
on Public Affairs in the School of 
Community Services. 

Carroll R. Hormachea, associate 
professor of urban planning, has 
been named program administra- 
tor. He indicated faculty accepted 
into the program will be placed in 
management and policy positions 
appropriate to their training and 
experience. Agencv executives, 
depending on their backgrounds, 
may teach, conduct research or 
work with university administra- 

Hormachea noted if the pro- 
gram meets with its anticipated 
success, it could be extended to 
other agencies and universities in 
the Commonwealth. 

An Urgent Request from 

When the Eurotransplant Foun- 
dation needed assistance in locat- 
ing recipients for a genetically 
rare pair of kidnevs, it called 

The Holland-based institution, 
for the first time contacted a 
transplant program in the United 
States. The Dutch donor was from 
the rarest blood group — the AB 
group — meaning onlv a small 
percentage of persons in Europe 
or North America in need of 
transplants could use the organs. 
To compound the problem, al- 
though they were phvsiologicallv 
normal, the kidnevs were unusual 
from a genetic point of view. 

The MCV center contacted 
more than a dozen organ trans- 
plantation facilities in the U.S. 
and Mexico, and one in Canada 
which could inquire of a similar 
network in that countrv. The 

search went on for five hours 
before the Eurotransplant Center 
located recipients in Finland and 

Finding recipients in a short 
period of time is vital since most 
kidneys are transplanted within 
48 hours after removal and a min- 
imum of eight of those hours 
must be in a laboratory for com- 
patibility testing. 

"Cooperation on such a scale 
does not take place often, but it's 
nice to know that saving lives can 
transcend state, national and even 
continental boundaries," says 
Herb Teachey, coordinator of the 
MCV transplant program. 

Phi Kappa Phi Honor 

The VCU chapter of Phi Kappa 
Phi, the national honor society 
which recognizes scholastic 
achievement in higher education, 
inducted 246 students and four 
faculty on April 23, 1981. 

The guest speaker was Dr. Ed- 
mund F. Ackell, president of 
VCU; Dr. Wayne Hall, vice-presi- 
dent for academic affairs and Phi 
Kappa Phi president, presided at 
the initiation ceremonies. 

Two firsts occurred, individual 
schools awarded academic schol- 
arships and faculty members were 
initiated into the society. Faculty 
members are selected on the basis 
of scholarly activity and contribu- 
tions in research. They were Dr. 
Laurin L. Henry, dean. School of 
Communitv Services, and profes- 
sor of public administration; Dr. 
Werner Lowenthal, director of 
continuing education. School of 
Pharmacy; Dr. Daniel T. Watts, 
dean. School of Basic Sciences 
and professor of pharmacology; 
and Dr. Paul H. Wehman, associ- 
ate professor of education. 

Miss Susan Goodman, a mar- 
keting major received the univer- 
sity scholarship and a scholarship 
from the School of Business, and 
Mrs. Nancv L. Forsyth, a gradu- 
ate student in psvchologv, re- 
ceived a special chapter scholar- 
ship. Other scholarship winners 
were: Ms. Karen Friedlander and 
Ms. Marcv McDonald, School of 
Fine Arts; Mr. James C. Fletcher 
and Mr. Michael H. Motto, School 

of Arts and Sciences; Ms. JoAnne 
W. Robison, School of Commu- 
nity Services; Mrs. Charlene Tolp, 
School of Education; and Ms. 
Lizabeth Albert, Ms. Ginnv 
Hudges and Ms. Rebecca Lutz, 
School of Social Work. 

An International Affair 

The second International HBDS 
Seminar was held at VCU in 
March with the Department of 
Urban Studies and Planning and 
its Center for Public Affairs as 

HBDS — short for hvpergraph- 
based structure — is an advanced 
method for modeling svstems and 
earth resources. It was developed 
by Professor Francois Bouille of 
Curie University in Paris, and the 
methodology quicklv gained in- 
ternational recognition. The first 
seminar was held last June in 
Lisbon, where the International 
HBDS Association was formed. 

Dr. Robert B. Rugg, assistant 
professor of urban studies and 
chairman of the second seminar, 
says, "HBDS enhances the capa- 
bilities of computer generated 
cartographv because the svstem 
faithfullv represents all physical 
phenomena and their 
relationships. . . .It is more than 

27th Alumni Award 

Alexander Bruce Bryant, a grad- 
uating senior in business adminis- 
tration, received the annual 
Alumni Award from the VCU 
Alumni Association (Academic 
Division) for being the outstand- 
ing senior on the academic 
campus of the university. 

The award is given for excel- 
lence in leadership, service and 
scholarship while attending the 
universtiv and is the highest 
award a student can obtain on the 
academic campus. 

Bryant has been the recipient of 
VCU's Leadership and Service 
award for the past two years, was 
selected for Who'f Who Aiiiong 
Students ill Afnerkaii Universities 
ami Collei^es for 2979-80, and was a 
recipient of a scholarship to at- 
tend a three-week Institute on 
Jamaican Life and Culture last 


"May I Help You?" 

Betsy F. Sweet has assumed the 
position of assistant to the direc- 
tor of alumni activities. She will 
be responsible for alumni services 
and will work with alumni in 
executing planned activities and 

Before joining the university, 
she worked as coordinator of 
publications at Tennessee Techno- 
logical Universitv in Cookeville 
and at Virginia Tech as art direc- 

"I am pleased to have someone 
join the staff who has worked at 
other universities. Her insight 
into higher education and her 
previous experience will contrib- 
ute significantlv to the goals of 
this office in serving VCU 
alumni," savs James L. Dunn, 
director of alumni activities. 

A & S Honoree 

The School of Arts and Sciences 
has instituted a semi-annual lec- 
ture series in order to recognize 
the contributions of outstanding 
educators, scholars and re- 
searchers in the school. Two fac- 
ultv will be selected each year 
frcim nominations made bv fac- 
ulty to the Faculty Status Commit- 
tee. Each honoree will present a 
public lecture concerning their 
scholarly work. 

Dr. Darvl C. Dance, associate 
professor of English, was selected 
as the first honoree for her contri- 
butions to research dealing with 
Black American literature. 

Dance has numerous articles 
and chapters in books and is cur- 
rently studying Caribbean litera- 
ture and folklore. Her book, 
SlniLkiii' and jiviii': Folklore from 
Coiitemporan/ Black America, is a 
major contribution to the study of 
the folk tales of blacks and has 
earned her international recogni- 

Seniors Helping Seniors 

A hot line for older Virginians is 
now in operation weekdays, 9 
a.m. to 5 p.m. By calling 358-2330 
older persons can talk with other 
seniors about problems, age-re- 
lated issues and services. This 
project is sponsored by the psy- 
chology and gerontology depart- 


ments and the United Wav Infor- 
mation and Referral Center. 

Social Work Institute 

The Fourth Annual Alumni 
Association Institute of the School 
of Social Work was held in late 
March. The institute's guest lec- 
turer was Douglas G. Glasgow, 
D.S.W. , professor of social work 
at Howard Universitv in Washing- 
ton, D.C. 

Glasgow's topic was "The Black 
Familv In Our Social Service Sys- 
tems — Are Needs Being Met?" 
His presentation was drawn from 
his years of experience as a re- 
searcher of the black community 
and the black familv structure. 

Secretary of the Year 

Dorris Douglas Budd, secretary 
to the vice-president of finance, 
was presented the first Dorris 
Douglas Budd Secretary of the 
Year award at ceremonies honor- 
ing VCU employees. 

Budd, who has been at VCU for 
30 years, exemplifies the ideal 
blend of humor, good sense, abil- 
ity, and responsibility needed in a 
secretary; because of these attrib- 
utes the award which will be 
given annually was named in her 

Evening Studies: Fall 1981 

Choose from almost 1,000 
classes offered in late afternoons, 
evenings or weekends and lo- 
cated on or off campus. For infor- 
mation, a Bulletin listing courses, 
or registration materials, call 257- 

Advanced mail registration: 
June 24-August 7. 

In-person registration: August 
25 & 26, 3:30-8:00 p.m.. Mosque 

Classes begin: Monday, August 
31, 1981. 


VCU has been awarded $2.6 
million by the National Institute 
of Health to continue its liver 
disease research program at the 
MCV Campus. 

The program, which began in 
1976, is multidisciplinary and 
combines efforts of basic scientists 
in the departments of pharmacol- 
ogy and biochemistry with clini- 
cians in the department of inter- 
nal medicine and surgery. 

Dr. Charles Blem, associate 
professor of biology, was elected a 
fellow to the Council of the Amer- 
ican Association for the Advance- 
ment of Science at the associa- 
tion's annual meeting in Toronto. 

Dr. John H. Borgard, assistant 
dean, School of Arts and Sci- 
ences, was recently elected presi- 
dent elect of Academic Affairs 
Administrators, Commission 14 of 
the American College Personnel 
Association. Academic Affairs 
Administrators is a nationwide 
organization with approximately 
1,700 members. 

Dr. Alexandre Fabiato, profes- 
sor of physiology, was elected a 
fellow to the Council of American 
Association for the Advancement 
of Science at the association's 
annual meeting in Toronto. 

James E. Hooker, assistant pro- 
fessor of administration of justice 
and public safety, was elected to 
serve on the Board of Directors of 
the Virginia Association of Crimi- 
nal Justice Educators. 

Dr. Robert H. Janke, assistant 
professor of theatre, has been 
elected president of the Virginia 
Speech Communication Associa- 

Dr. Kimball Maull, associate 
professor of surgery, has been 
elected chairman of the surgical 
section of the Southern Medical 

Dr. Susan Nayfield, instructor 
in medical oncology, has been 
appointed a Milbank Scholar. She 
is one of five scholars appointed 
this year. The grant will provide 
her with two years of epidemiol- 
ogy training at the London School 
of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
and in the clinical epidemiology 
unit of a teaching hospital in the 
United Kingdom. 

Dr. M. Pinson Neal, Jr., profes- 
sor of radiology, has been named 
first vice-president of the South- 
ern Medical Association. The 
organization is comprised of 
26,000 physicians from 17 south- 
ern states. 

Dr. Duncan S. Owen, Jr., (resi- 
dent 1965) professor of medicine, 
has been named president-elect of 
the Richmond Academy of Medi- 

Ann Sibley Pryor (B.S. nursing 
1972) is president-elect of the As- 
sociation of Pediatric Oncology 
Nursing. APON is an interna- 
tional organization which pro- 

yides its members a forum to 
learn, share and discuss issues 
pertinent to their oncology spe- 

Dr. Thomas P. Reinders, asso- 
ciate professor of pharmacy, has 
recently been appointed to serye 
on the FDA adyisory panel 

charged with the reyiew of new 
drug applications for antihyper- 
tensi\'e drugs. 

Dr. Doris B. Yingling, dean of 
the School of Nursing, was one of 
34 persons selected by the Pectple- 
to-People program to yisit the 
United Republic of China for spe- 
cial consultation as a health team 

Happened To.. 

Best At Living 

Haryey L. Grattan (M.S. busi- 
ness 1971) receiyed a job offer 
from Best Products Co., Inc., 
Ashland, Virginia, witliin one 
week of his completing a yearlong 
computer training program at 
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation 
Center in Fishersyille, Virginia. "I 
was lucky; I got the job on my 
own. Best didn't do me any fa- 
yors. They hired me because we 
both thought I had the skills for 
the job." 

Grattan, 38, is a programmer/ 
analyst trainee for Best. Grattan 
has been in this position since 
February 1980, which is longer 
than most people stay in the 
trainee position. 

Yet Grattan says, "Best has 
been good to me. I came in with a 
lack of knowledge which we as- 
sumed I had. What I've got to do 
is show I can do this job and 
move my way up to a junior pro- 
grammer/analyst position." 

Grattan wasn't looking for fa- 
vors when he applied for the po- 
sition and still isn't. Yet he could 
try to take advantage of his posi- 
tion at Best Products since he has 
cerebral pals\' which confines him 
to a wheelchair and at times 
makes his speech unclear. 

He has had cerebral pals\' (CP) 
since he was six months old, 
when he contracted encephalitis 
and suffered a high fever. 

Cerebral palsv is a disease 
which impairs the brain's im- 
pulses to muscles and can affect 
any part of the body including 
speech. Rehabilitation often 

Harvey L. Grattan 

means training other ner\'e cir- 
cuits and muscles to take over for 
ones that are not functioning. 

Grattan does not appear to be 
angry about his disability. "I've 
never known anything else. 1 am 
what I am. 1 don't ha\'e any rea- 
son to be bitter because it doesn't 
help," he says. "I have resigned 
myself to the idea that I am dis- 
abled. 1 know there are some 
limits, but I ha\'en't found them 

For Grattan rehabilitation at 
Woodrow Wilson meant he would 
have a "salable skill." "I had a 
bachelor's in sociology and a mas- 
ter's in business. 1 kept going 
from business to business looking 
for a job. But I didn't have a spe- 
cialty — nothing to sell. I'd go into 
a business and ask what was 
a\'ailable. 1 made the mistake of 
asking, and that's no way to get a 
job," he says. "And I was not 
being told I wasn't being hired 


because of CP," he emphasizes. 

Grattan, even though he has 
remained in a trainee position, is 
luckier than most severely handi- 
capped persons. Finding competi- 
ti\'e jobs is difficult, and training 
classes do not insure a job in com- 
petitive business. 

His only emplovment before 
attending the computer training 
program at Woodrow Wilson was 
as general manager for two years 
of a major home appliance store 
his familv owned in Ashland. "1 
fell into the opportunitv, but it 
didn't take long before I knew I'd 
have a heart attack working for 
the store. There was no wav we 
could compete with Sears or 
Wards or discount appliance 
stores. In 1971, I closed up the 
business and did something stu- 
pid. I went on a nice vacation," 
savs Grattan. Smiling he adds, 
"The vacation got out of hand; it 
lasted imtil 1978 when I decided 
something had to be done." An- 
other smile, and he adds, "What 
happened was stupidity. " 

Best Products was the ideal 
place for Grattan to work because 
"it's close to home." Grattan lives 
with his mother in Ashland, but 
pavs someone to assist him in 
getting up in the morning and 
going to bed at night. Also Best 
Products was ideal for him to 
arrange transportation to and 
from work, even though he may 
sometime arrive at work an hour 

At one time he wanted his own 
apartment, but he could not af- 
ford the strain on his income. 
"Maybe moving up in the pro- 
grammer/analyst position will put 
me in a position where I can do 
things I want to do," he says. One 
of his ambitions is to travel to the 
Orient, because one of his hob- 
bies is people. "I like people. I 
like different people from differ- 
ent cultures." Because Grattan 
likes people, he travels as a hobby 
and has been to Jamaica and Haiti 
and in the United States to Nash- 
ville, New Orleans, Las Vegas and 
Southern California. His hobbies 
also include black and white pho- 
tography, which he thinks of as 
an art form, and he is now con- 
centrating on taking portraits and 
"outdoorsy" pictures — not just 
snapshots. He also enjoys snor- 


keling, which he learned while at 
Woodrow Wilson, and wants to 
learn how to skin dive. Another 
hobby, raising English Springers, 
has been "put on the back 
burner," because he doesn't have 
enough time, and "raising dogs 
isn't fair to other people who'd 
have to take care of them while I 
was at work," he adds. Grattan 
also has a fascination with the 
occult and loves to watch movies 
like The Otiicii. 

Grattan stays socially active by 
visiting his "adopted familv" in 
Bridgewater, Virginia, who he 
met while at the rehabilitation 
center, and by attending Sigma 
Alpha Epsilon fraternity events, 
such as the annual pig roast — 
"the social event of the year" — at 
Randolph Macon College where 
he earned a bachelor's degree in 
sociology in 1964. He was also 
active in the Jaycees, until he be- 
came "over-the-hill" and goes to a 
party whenever he can. He says, 
"As long as I can get to and from 
a party, I go." 

No matter what Grattan does 
he maintains a marvelous sense of 
humor. He is not above taking 
"pot shots" at himself and anyone 
within range. For him life is to 
live. He savs he wants to be re- 
membered as being "the best at 
living and that's it." 

On the job, Grattan is part of 
the inventory report group which 
is responsible for all inventory 
information and provides most of 
the management reports on sales, 
merchandise location and prices. 
To input into the computer Grat- 
tan uses a stick and a hunt and 
peck system at the keyboard. "I 
really needed better programming 
skills," he says. "And I'm learn- 
ing them. I like where I am now. 
I've been switched to another 
group, and we're learning the 
basics. It's a whole new experi- 
ence. I'm really enjoying it. What 
I'm learning at Best, about stick- 
ing to a job and being disciplined 
is something I can use everyday. 
Remember, there are no limits." 


Carrie M. Copenhaver (B.S. nursing 
1911) was 99 in October 1980. 


Cecil C. Hatfield (medicine 1934) 
was awarded the highest honor of The 
Medical Society of Virginia, the Physi- 
cian Award for Community Service. 


Jacob I. Weisser (dentistry 1937) be- 
gan the American Society of Retired 
Dentists in 1979. He began the associa- 
tion with the realization that most peo- 
ple are unprepared for retirement and 
need assistance adjusting to a new wav 
of life. 


Edna Ross Burton (St. Philip nursing 
1938) hopes to retire in August after 33 
vears with the State Health Depart- 
ment. She is presently working as the 
coordinator and nurse for the Central 
Virginia Child Development Clinic in 


Nell Blaine (fine arts 1942) had her 
37th solo exhibition. Her latest one- 
man show was at the Fischbach Gal- 
lery, New York Citv. The subjects of 
her paintings were still life, interiors 
and landscapes. 

Elizabeth Stoneman Frey (B.S. social 
work 1942) retired in 1971 from the Vir- 
ginia State Mental Health Department 
after 17 vears as a social worker at Pied- 
mont State Hospital, Burkeville, Vir- 


A. J. Fressola (dentistry 1943, intern/ 
dental 1944) is in the private practice of 
dentistry in Staten Island, New York. 
In 1980 he was designated "man of the 
vear" by the Richmond County Dental 
Society and was presented with a 
plaque for 33 vears of service to the 


Philip London (medicine 1949) rep- 
resented VCU at the inauguration of 
President Maurice C. Clifford of The 
Medical College of Pennsylvania, April 
13, 1981. ■ 

Lorene A. Newman (nursing 1949) 
has been teaching a health occupa- 
tional course for the past eight years at 
the Cecil Vocational Technical Center, 
Cecil County, Maryland. She is regis- 
tered with the University of Maryland 
to complete her nursing bachelor's de- 
gree requirements in 1982. 


Don A. Hunziker (B.S. business 
1951) represented VCU at the inaugu- 
ration of President William R. Rogers at 
Guilford College, Greensboro, North 

Kenneth B. Lyell (B.S. business 
1951) has been appointed assistant di- 
rector of leaf purchases at Philip Morris 
U.S.A., Richmond, Virginia. 


Louise Harrison Blowe (St. Philips 
nursing 1952) retired on September \b, 
1980, after 30 years of service at MCVs 
Department of Nursing. 

M. Ruth Carson (B.S. nursing 1452) 
was chosen as Occupational Health 
Nurse of the Year in 1980 bv the Vir- 
ginia State Association of Occupational 
Health Nurses. She is director of 
nurses at Reynolds Metals Compan\', 

Thomas W. Turner (medicine 1952) 
is a staff physician for the Southeastern 
Training Center for the Mentalh' Re- 
tarded in Suffolk, Virginia. He also 
liyes on a farm and breeds and raises 
Arabian horses; his yearling "Rippa 
Na" won the 1980 Virginia Arabian Fu- 


Richard N. Carlyon (B.F.A. painting 
1953, M.F.A. painting 1963) presented 
an illustrated lecture on creati\e, con- 
structive and humorous uses of art 
from the past at the Bristol Chapter of 
the Virginia Museum. 

George M. Hudgins, Jr. (B.S. recrea- 
tional leadership 1953) has been named 
a Virginia Electric and Power Company 
district manager. 

Bette R. Landen (B.S. physical ther- 
apy 1953), a colonel in the U.S. Arm\', 
is director of the U.S. Arm\' Baylor Uni- 
versity Program in Physical Therap\'. 
She will be retiring this vear after 22 
years in the service. 

C. Lynn Weakley, Jr. (cert. ad\ertis- 
ing 1953) represented VCU at the inau- 
guration of President Richard C. De- 
tweiler at Eastern Mennonite College 
and Seminary on April 25, 1981. 


Bryan L. Clark, Jr. (B.S. business 
1954) represented VCU at the inaugu- 
ration of President James Everett Mar- 
tin of the University of Arkansas Sys- 
tem on May 3, 198l'. 


Elizabeth Giesecke Clark (cert, ac- 
counting 1955) attended the inaugura- 
tion of President James E\'erett Martin 
of the University of Arkansas System 

on May 3, 1981. She accompanied her 
husband Bryan, uho represented VCU 
at the inauguration. 


Milton S. Christy (B.M.E. music 
voice 1956) is the owner and operator 
of two retail farm supply stores, and he 
farms 1,400 acres. He also produces a 
weekly broadcast for three radio sta- 
tions and is music director for Ramoth 
Baptist Church, Stafford, Virginia. 

Mitchell L. Easter (B.S. business ad 
ministration 1956) is corporate distri- 
bution manager at Huffy Corporation. 
He was recently appointd to the City 
Planning Commission, Miamisburg, 

Clarence K. Glover, Jr. (medicine 
1956) is president of the medical staff of 
Mar\' Washington Hospital in Freder- 
icksburg and of the Fredericksburg 
Area Medical Society. 


Samuel H. Treger (B.S. business 

1958) is manager of financial ser\'ices 
for l.B.M. Corporation's International 
Division in Yorkto\vn Heights, New 


William A. Fones, Jr. (B S. business 

1959) is president of the Piedmont 
Chapter of the Risk and Insurance 
Management Society, Inc. 

Anne Dickenson Hayes (B.F.A. 
commercial art 1939) of Newport News 
is pursuing her interest in watercolors 
and "plans a new career in that direc- 


Austin B. Harrelson (medicine 1962, 
resident neurolog\' 1966), chief of staff 
at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, 
ser\ed on the boards of St. Mary's Hos- 
pital and of St. Christopher's SchtKil 
Foundation during 1980. During the 
same vear, he also served as president- 
elect of the Southern Clinical ,Neuro- 
logical Society. 

Grace Rodman Maxey (B.S. nursing 
1962) represented VCU at the Sesqui- 
centennial Convocation at The Un\er- 
sity of Alabama, May 10, 1981. 

Joseph C. Parker, Jr. (medicine 1962) 
has accepted the position of associate 
dean and chief medical officer of the 
College of Medicine at the Universit\' 
of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he 
plans to continue his commitment to 
anatomic and neuropathology re- 


Class Rings 

Even if you failed to buy a class ring 
as a student, you can now order 
one. Rings for both men and women 
are available in a wide variety of 
styles. For more information and a 
price list, write for a ring order kit 
and please, specify whether the ring 
is for a man or a woman. 

For a ring order kit-price list, please 
write: Alumni Activities Office, 
Virginia Commonwealth Univer- 
sity, Richmond, Virginia 23284. 


David S. Norris (B.S. business 1963) 
has been promoted to senior \'ice-pres- 
ident of the Bank of Virginia. 

Marianne R. Rollins (B.S. pharmacy 
1963) is a pharmacist with Standard 
Drug Store, Lakeside branch, in Rich- 
mond. She was a guest speaker at the 
convention of the Pharmaceutical Soci- 
ety of the State of New York and spoke 
on how to effectively interact with con- 

Benjamin J. Stebor, III (dentistry 
1963) was elected to fellowship in the 
International College of Dentistry. 

Thomas L. Weedon (B.S. journalism 
H63) has been named director of infor- 
mation for the Virginia Department of 
Alcoholic Beverage Control. 


Charles H. Wood (B.S. business 
1964) writes "I am still an active sailor 


on both Lake Norman and Lake Wi- 
lye — near Charlotte. Also, I was 
elected to the Board of 1000 Home 
Community, which is like a citv coun- 
cil. Daughter Melanie is now a sopho- 
more at Queen College, Charlotte, 
North Carolina. Son Sidney is a sopho- 
more and tuba plaver at Clover High 
School, Clover, South Carolina, and 
wife Norma now has a two dav work 
week at River Hills Realty Sales Inc." 


Dorothy M. Brewer (B.S. business 
education 1966), area vocational direc- 
tor of the Dowell J. Howard Vocational 
Center, Winchester, Virginia, has been 
appointed chairman of the Winches- 
ter-Frederick Countv Chamber of 
Commerce Economic Education Com- 

Barbara Grunewald Dix (B.F.A. 
fashion design 1966) is becoming a pro- 
fessional painter and her oil paintings 
are being displayed in art galleries in 
the Boston area. 

Robert L. Eskridge (B.S. advertising 
1966) has completed 14 vears in the 
marketing division of Group Hospital- 
ization Inc., the Washington, D.C. 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliate. He 
is marketing manager of the division. 


William F. Harmon (B.F.A. commer- 
cial art 1967) had a showing of his pen 
and ink drawings in the Second Floor 
Gallery of the Richmond Public Li- 

Mary White Howie (B.F.A. com- 
munication arts and design 1967) is be- 
ginning her 14th year as a graphic de- 
signer for the studio of William J. 
Kircher and Associates in Washington, 
D.C. She has been the recipient of nu- 
merous awards for her work in edito- 
rial design and illustration. 


J. Troy Osborn (B.S. occupational 
therapy 1968) is chief of occupational 
therapy at Latrobe Area Hospital in La- 
trobe, Pennsylvania. Last year he re- 
ceived the Founder's Award from the 
Pennsylvania Therapy Association, 
was elected president of Open Doors 
for the Handicapped and elected to the 
Board of Directors of the National Man- 
agement Association, Laurel Chapter. 
He is also co-developing "alternative 
systems for the handicapped." 

Michael D. Pritchard (B.S. business 
1968, M.S. business 1971) works as a 
special projects assistant for the Public 
Service Company of Colorado. He 
writes, "I entered my first marathon 
(Denver Marathon) in November 1980 
and completed it in 4 hours and 8 min- 


utes. 1 am undecided whether a second 
one will ever be run." 

William T. Sachak (B.F.A. commun- 
ication arts and design 1968) writes, "1 
thought I'd resurface after 13 years and 
let my friends know that I'm still alive. 
Since 1968, I have been: in a war; mar- 
ried/divorced; a father; an art instruc- 
tor, woodworker, photography in- 
structor, electrician, carpenter, 
nationally published freelance photog- 
rapher, graphic designer, writer, and 
traveler. At present 1 am working on a 
novel which examines violence and 
paranoia and am basing it on personal 
experiences from the Viet Nam war. 
When I am not writing or being any of 
the above, I am working at being the 
lead guitarist for a rock band, endan- 
gering my life on motorcycles, or grow- 
ing vegetables in my garden." 


Melvin L. Bowles, Jr. (B.S. business 
administration 1969) corporate auditor 
of Dominion Bankshares Corporation 
in Roanoke, has been awarded the 
charter bank auditor designation of the 
Bank Administration Institute. 

David C. Elmore (B.S. accounting 
1969) joined Days Inns of America Inc. , 
in Atlanta, Georgia, as vice-president 
and controller. 

Beverly Miller Jackson (B.F.A. com- 
munications arts and design 1969) is art 
director at WCVE/WCYW-TV, Channel 
23 in Richmond. She writes this posi- 
tion has given her a "variety of interest- 
ing and challenging art/photography 

Alan L. Markowitz (M.H.A. 1969) is 
executive director of corporate acquisi- 
tions for Charter Medical Corporation, 
Macon, Georgia. 

Michael P. May (B.S. science 1969) is 
manager of Phelps Dodge Magnet 
Wire in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he 
has worked for five years. He and his 
wife, Margaret, have two daughters, 
Katheryn and Kimberly. 

Donna Martin Pence (B.S. nursing 
1969) is a full-time nurse practitioner at 
the Pediatric Clinic, Kaiser-George- 
town Community Health Program, 
Herndon, Virginia. 

Donna L. Rappolt (B.F.A. fine arts 
1969) writes that she and her mother, 
Priscilla Alden Rappolt (B.F.A. art ed- 
ucation 1966, M.F.A. fine arts 1968) 
have had numerous two-man shows. 
She exhibits her photographs, while 
her mother shows drawings. She is a 
sales representative for Black and 
Decker Manufacturing Company in 
Philadelphia and is working toward a 
master's degree in nutrition education 
at Nesbitt College of Drexel University. 

Margaret Denman Rose (M.Ed, ele- 
mentary education 1969) is no longer 

teaching in the Boston area. She is "en- 
joying church activities and being a 

John J. Schwartz (B.S. accounting 
1969), an associate with James River 
Inc. Realtors, was named Richmond's 
Outstanding Young Man by the Rich- 
mond Jaycees. He is active in sports 
communications and provides the 
play-by-play commentary for the VCU 
Ram's basketball games on cable televi- 

Norma Van de Poele Simpson (B.S. 
recreation leadership 1969) repre- 
sented VCU at the inauguration of 
President Paul H. Silverman at the 
University of Maine at Orono. 

Robert D. Statler (B.S. business ad- 
ministration 1969) has been promoted 
to branch officer by the Bank of Vir- 
ginia. He manages the bank's 
Westwood branch in Fredericksburg. 


Kayreen Jurica Burns (B.S. elemen- 
tary education 1970) earned a doctor- 
ate from Loyola University of Chicago 
in Foundations of Education. 

Patricia Belton Cushnie (B.S. nurs- 
ing 1970, M.Ed, adult education 1975) 
has been appointed director of nursing 
serx'ices at MCV. 

Sharon Post Hageman (cert, occupa- 
tion therapy 1970) is working as a treat- 
ment team leader at J.N. Adam Devel- 
opment Center, Perrysburg, New 
York, and as occupational therapy/ac- 
tivities consultant at Jennie B. Rich- 
mond Chaffee Nursing Home, 
Springville, New York; Lakeshore 
Nursing Home, Irving, New York; and 
Houghton Nursing Care Center, 
Houghton, New York. She is married 
and has two children, Jessica, age 6, 
and Paul Jr., age 13. 

A. Christine Huffman (B.F.A. art 
history 1970) is living in New York City 
and is manager of store merchandising 
for 670 Waldenbook stores nationwide. 

Rubin C. Peacock (M.F.A. sculpture 
1970) had an exhibition of his large- 
scale bronze works at the Virginia Mu- 
seum's Institute of Contemporary Art. 

A. Wright Pond (dentistry 1970) has 
been elected president of the Southside 
Dental Association of Virginia. 

Mary Skudlarek Sudzina (B.S. En- 
glish education 1970) is working full- 
time on her Ph.D. in educational psy- 
chology at Temple University. In 
addition, she is teaching developmen- 
tal psychology to undergraduates at 
Temple who are working toward 
teacher certification. She writes, "Our 
home looks like a library on weekends 
as my husband, Robert, a manager 
with Proctor & Gamble, is also working 
on his M.B.A." 

Geneva Capps Welch (B.F.A. com- 
munication arts and design 1970), of 
Richmond, uses acrylic paints with wa- 

ter color techniques to create life-like 
representations of owls, foxes and 
other creatures of the forests. 


Norman B. Fizette (medicine 1971) is 
an associate professor of pathology at 
the St. Louis University School of Med- 
icine and director of the Snodgrass 
Clinical Laboratories for St. Louis City 

Lynnore W. Hilton (B.F.A. art edu- 
cation 1971) had her ceramic sculpture. 
Stitch in Time, selected for the Virginia 
Craftsman 1980 exhibit at the Virginia 
Museum of Fine Arts. 

Gary S. Hoffman (medicine 1971) is 
a staff physician at Mary Imogene Bas- 
sett Hospital, New York, and of Co- 
lumbia Uniyersity College of Physi- 
cians and Surgeons. He is involved in 
clinical medicine, research and teach- 
ing, and continues to write textbooks 
and articles on internal medicine/rheu- 

Paula McCoy Huffman (B.S. social 
welfare 1971, M.S. rehabilitation coun- 
seling 1973) was recently promoted to 
director of the Norfolk branch of Craw- 
ford Rehabilitation Services Inc. 

Edward S. Kerr (B.S. advertising 
1971) has been promoted to the newly 
created position of director of solar ad- 
vertising for Reynolds Metals Com- 
pany, Richmond. 

Verda McKinney Little (M.S. clinical 
psychology 1971, Ph.D. clinical psy- 
chology 1979) of Richmond, Virginia, 
began private practice as a clinical psy- 
chologist in November 1980. 

Randall W. Powell (medicine 1971) 
has been board certified in pediatric 
surgery, is on active duty in the U.S. 
Navy at the Naval Regional Medical 
Center, San Diego and is an assistant 
professor of surgery at the University 
of California at San Diego School of 

Mitchell B. Smith (M.H. A. 1971) ad- 
ministrator of Sebastian River Medical 
Center, Sebastian, Florida, has earned 
special rcognition from Humana Inc., 
the company that operates the hospi- 
tal. Smith was installed as a member of 
the 1980 Humana Mangement Club for 
hospital administrators. Membership 
is based on effectiveness in day-to-day 
hospital administration, which in- 
cludes recruiting and retaining compe- 
tent personnel, maintaining good rela- 
tions with the community and the 
medical staff, and providing quality 
health care delivery. 

Earl K. Wilson (B.S. pharmacy 1971, 
medicine 1976) has joined the medical 
staff at Bristol Memorial Hospital in 
Bristol, Virginia. 


David N. Gant (B.F.A. painting and 
printmaking 1972) recently returned to 
Richmond from the Peruvian Andes 
where he took photographs for a slide/ 
sound documentary of the music and 
musicians of the Andes. Last winter he 
published an article with photographs 
about his excursion. He is currently 
producing an edition of lithographs 
based on his paintings, some ot v\'hich 
were shown at Modlm Fine Arts Cen- 
ter at the Uni\'ersity of Richmond in 

John S. Hilliard (M.M. composition 
1972), composer-in-residence at Ho- 
ward Payne University, Brownwood, 
Texas, has been eleted composition fel- 
low for this summer at the Virginia 
Center for the Creative Arts and has 
been commissioned to compose a 
chamber music work honoring the Vir- 
ginia center's 10th anni\'ersary. 

Arthur W. Layne (B.S. biology 1972, 
M.H. A. 1976) represented VCU at the 
inauguration of Major General James 
Alexander Grimslev, Jr. as president of 
The Citadel in Charleston, South Caro- 

Dale E. Lies (B.F.A. communication 
arts and design 1972) has been pro- 
moted to manager. Graphic Design 
Audio-Visual Services for Prudential 
Property and Casualitv Insurance 
Company, Springfield, New Jersey. 

Samuel B. Lubman (B.F.A. sculp- 
ture 1972) is employed with Continen- 
tal Financial Services Company of 
Richmond as a mortgage loan anahst 
in the Mortgage and Real Estate De- 

Joseph M. McCuIIoch, Jr. (B S 
physical therapy 1972) is an assistant 
professor of physical therapy at Louisi- 
ana State University Medical Center in 
New Orleans, and he is in his final year 
of doctoral study at the University of 
New Orleans. 

Woodrow Wilson Robertson, Jr. 
(B.S. health and physical education 
1972) has completed an extensive two 
week training program for distributors 
of Safeguard Business Systems Inc., 
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Rob- 
ertson will be responsible for the distri- 
bution of one-write business systems 
and computerized financial reports in 
the Richmond area. 


Carl E. Demory (B.S. administration 
of justice and public safety 1973, M.S. 
administration of justice and public 
safety 1978) was named police chief of 
GordonsN'ille, Virginia. 

Walter W. Foster (M.S. business 
1973) has been named section director, 
solar energy section, of Reynolds 

Metals Company's Product Develop- 
ment Division, Richmond. 

Glenna Smith Gammon (B.S, retail- 
ing 1973) was recently named Irim-A- 
Home marketing manager for Hall- 
mark Cards Inc. Her responsibilities 
include the planning and execution of 
marketing strategy for Christmas orna- 
ments and decorative gifts for both 
Hallmark and Ambassador brands. 
Also, she was accepted at Rockhurst 
College in Kansas City as a candidate 
for the MBA degree program. 

Richard C. Hankins (B.F.A. dra- 
matic art 1973) has been appointed art 
director for the NBC daytime drama 
Tc.vrts . 

Dennis P. Hood (B.F.A. drama edu- 
cation 1973) was director of George 
Bernard Shaw's comedy, Candida, 
which appeared at The Empty Space, 

Roger W. Huffman (B.S. retailing 
1973) has opened his own floor co\er- 
ing store. The Floor Shop of Boone. 
The North Carolina store carries all 
types of floor covering, ceiling tile and 
ceramic tile. 

James E. Kilbourne, Jr. (dentistry 

1973) was named to the Carroll Countx' 
School Board, Carroll Count\', Vir- 

Gregory A. Solomon (B.S. distribu- 
tive education 1973) has joined Inves- 
tors Savings and Loan Association, 
Richmond, as manager of its new go\'- 
ernment loans division. 

Robert N. Stitl (medicine 1973) is in 
private practice in Ob'Gvn with a sub- 
specialty in Gvn Oncology. His prac- 
tice is in Reno, Nevada. 


Richard A. Cuffia (B.S. business ad- 
ministration 1974) has been promoted 
bv Peoples Life Insurance Company, 
South F4ill, Virginia, to sales manager. 

David A. Depp (M.S.W. 1974) is a 
counselor at the Hanover County Fam- 
ily Counseling Center, where he is re- 
sponsible for a satellite counseling cen- 
ter which operates at the Bethany 
Church in Montpelier, Virginia. 

Martin R. Nagel (dentistry 1974) is 
in the private practice of dentistry in 
North Brunswick, New Jersey. 

Kermit G. Payne (B.F.A. dramatic 
art and speech 1974) is employed on 
the administrative staff of Woodruff 
Medical Center, Emory University 
Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, as the cen- 
tral transportation department head. 

Judith L. West (B.F.A. art education 

1974) is an assistant professor in the 
Department of Art Education and Craft 
Design at Florida State University, Tal- 
lahassee, Florida. 



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Wendy F. Bone (medicine 1975) is a 
university physician at the University 
Health Services of Massachusetts in 

F. Eugene Foster III (B.S. biolog\ 
1975) has joined the insurance depart- 
ment of Callison & Co. Inc., Staunton, 

Nancy O. Fulton (B.M. sacred music 
1975) is minister of music and organist 
at the Glen Allen Baptist Church and 
works in the credit department of A. 
H. Robins Company, Richmond. 

George T. Hubbs (B.S. special edu- 
cation 1975) and his wife, Deborah, 
work as a team for their business, D&G 
Production Companv, which produces 
puppet shows. Their production You 
and I To;fetlier, which deals with litter 
and pollution problems, is an award 
winning puppet production; other pro- 
ductions are ]ohnmi Appleseed and Fire- 
ma)! Tom. 

Robert E. Keeton (medicine 1975) is 
finishing a three-vear tour in Ger- 
many. Major Keeton will be stationed 
at Eglin A.F.B., Florida, this summer 
and will teach in the Familv Practice 
Residency Program. 

Linwood P. Norman, Jr. (B.S. mass 
communications 1975) of the Progress- 
Index. Petersburg, Virginia, received a 
first place award from the Virginia 
Press Association for his in-depth in- 
vestigation and reporting of a series of 
articles on the Prince George Drug 
Fund, an unaudited account consisting 
of plea monies paid bv convicted drug 

Sandra I. Read (medicine 1975) is an 
assistant chief. Division of Dermatol- 
ogy, Walter Reed Army Medical Cen- 
ter. She is also practicing legal-medi- 
cine in Virginia and the DC. area. She 
and her husband, Hugh F. Hill III 
(medicine 1975), have a second child, 
Jennifer Elizabeth, who joins two year 
old Hugh F. IV. 

Richard E. N. Sedwick (medicine 
1975) is presently chief of the Ob-Gyn 
department at Bassett Army Hospital 
in Fairbanks, Alaska. He and his wife, 
Nancv, plan to move back to Virginia in 
July of this year, where he plans to 
open a private practice of Ob-Gyn. 

King David Webb (B.F.A. communi- 
cation arts and design 1975), artist-in- 
residence for Roanoke City schools, 
had his paintings exhibited at the First 
National Exchange Building in Rich- 


Ira M. Agricola (B.S. recreation 
1976) has loined the staff of the Ports- 
mouth Chamber of Commerce as man- 
ager of chamber and business affairs. 
He will be responsible for activities in- 


eluding military affairs, crime preven- 
tion, small business services, sports 
and recreation, business statistics, the 
annual meeting, and the Seafood Festi- 

Janine C. Braun (B.S. special educa- 
tion 1976) received a master's degree in 
elementary education with an em- 
phasis on learning disabilities. She is 
teaching emotionally handicapped 
junior and senior high school students 
in a resource room setting near her 
home in Sherburne, New York. 

Louise H. Carlton (M.Ed, adminis- 
tration and supervision 1976) has been 
named assistant principal of New Kent 
High School, New Kent County, Vir- 

Charles E. Conklin, Jr. (dentistry 
1976) heads the dental care program at 
Roanoke Memorial Hospitals. The pro- 
gram provides treatment to hospital 
patients and to mentally and ph\'sically 
handicapped persons who might have 
difficulties being treated in a regular 
dentist's office. According to Conklin, 
"Hospital dentistrv is one of the fastest 
growing fields of medicine and in an- 
other ten years will be commonplace." 

Kay Smith Cormier (B.A. philoso- 
phy 1976) obtained a master's in librari- 
anship from the Uniyersity of Denver 
in 1978. Since 1979, she has been a ref- 
erence librarian at Auraria Library, 
University of Colorado at Denver. 

Ann Maddux Kemppinen (B.S. 
business administration and manage- 
ment 1976, M.B.A. 1978) has been 
elected president of the St. Louis Chap- 
ter of the Society for Advancement of 

Gloria T. Koster (B.F.A. fashion de- 
sign 1976) is an illustrator for 
Hofheimer's Shoes in Norfolk and a 
member of the Fashion Advisory 
Board for Norfolk Vocational Technical 
School. She is also the resident cos- 
tume coordinator for the Norfolk Little 
Theatre and has given lectures on com- 
mercial art and fashion classes at Tide- 
water Community College and Norfolk 
Vocational Technical School. 

Susan Stainback Martin (B.S. nurs- 
ing 1976, MS nursing 1980) is a clinical 
nurse specialist of obstetrics at Norfolk 
General Hospital. 

Diane L. McCauIey (B.F.A. crafts 
1976) is employed at the Ernst Home 
Center in Salt Lake Citv as the paint 
department manager. She is participat- 
ing in local art shows and is exhibiting 
her works at the Kimball Art Center in 
Park City, Utah. 

Elizabeth L. Mechling (B.F.A. paint- 
ing and printmaking 1976) is a travel- 
ing artist with the Virginia Museum. 
She offers workshops on the use of \va- 
tercolor as an alternative painting me- 

Mary H. Peacock (B.F.A. art educa- 
tion 1976) is the editorial assistant/sec- 

retarv for the publication office at the 
National Endowment for the Arts, 
Washington, D.C. She works with art 
production and the Cultural Post maga- 

Dennis J. Phillips (M.H. A. 1976) has 
been promoted to executive director of 
the Greater Orange Park Community 
Hospital, Orange Park, Florida. 


Jean E. Brown (B.S. office adminis- 
tration 1977) was named 1981 Secretary 
of the Year bv the Old Dominion Chap- 
ter of the National Secretaries Associa- 
tion. She is secretary to Dr. R. William 
Dent in A. H. Robin's Office of Medical 
Research, Richmond. 

Joseph A. Gwiazdowski (dentistry 
1977) has started a private dental prac- 
tice in Maryland. He was formerly with 
the U.S. Air Force and just recently 
returned from a three-year tour of duty 
in the Panama Canal Zone. 

Pauline G. Lazaron (B.F.A. art edu- 
cation 1977) is an artist-in-residence for 
the Virginia Museum. Lazaron con- 
ducts workshops with the touring Art- 
mobile. Her latest show was called "Se- 
crets," and it focused on how art 

T. Ray Perrine (medicine 1977) has 
completed his residency in family prac- 
tice and is assistant director of the 
Kanawha Valley Family Practice Cen- 
ter and assistant professor of family 
practice at the West Virginia University 
School of Medicine. 

James E. Smith II (M.S.W. 1977), a 
captain in the U.S. Army, has been ap- 
pointed assistant chief of the Social 
Work Division, U.S. Army Retraining 
Brigade, Ft. Riley, Kansas. The retrain- 
ing center is a minimum security cor- 
rectional facility which works to return 
military offenders to duty as motivated 
and competent soldiers who are able to 
perform their assignments or separates 
those who do not meet accepted mili- 
tary performance standards. 

John M. Turner (M.B.A. 1977) was 
promoted to vice-president of trusts bv 
United Virginia Bank, Richmond. He 
will be responsible for the municipal 
trusteeship function which handles all 
corporate agency accounts. 

Harriet S. Zonderman (M.S.W. 
1977) is a clinical social worker at the 
Hanover County Family Counseling 


William G. Bradshaw, Jr. (M.P.A. 
community services 1978) has been 
promoted to assistant director for 
finance and administration at the Vir- 
ginia Museum. 

Richard D. Brown (M.S. rehabilita- 
tion counseling 1978) is director of 
Hanover Adult Services Center, Hano- 
ver County, Virginia. 

Joseph P. Browning (B.S. mass com- 
munications 1978) has been named 
sports information director at Shep- 
herd College, Shepherdstown, West 

Ellen Bynum (M.Ed, adult educa- 
tion 1978) was the producer for a film, 
"Thinking Twice," for Skve Pictures, a 
non-profit production company lo- 
cated in Washington, D.C. The pro- 
duction starred a VCU professor. Dr. 
Warren Strandberg, professor of edu- 
cation, and his family. It deals with an 
American family coming to grips with 
the arms race and nuclear war and is 
scheduled to be shown on public tele- 
\'ision this fall. 

Marcel O. Charpentier (M.S.W. 
1978) has obtained professional 
certification through the Academy of 
Certified Social Workers. Charpentier 
has assumed the position of director of 
social service at the Memorial Hospital, 
Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In addition, 
he is a part-time faculty member within 
the undergraduate social welfare pro- 
gram at the Rhode Island College 
School of Social Work. 

Carl H. Collier (M.S. rehabilitation 
counseling 1978) is the substance abuse 
counselor at the Hanover County Fam- 
ily Counseling Center. 

Gregory L. Duncan (M.S. clinical 
psychology 1978, Ph.D. clinical psy- 
chology 1980) is chief of psychology at 
Pitt Memorial Hospital, Greenville, 
North Carolina. This March he pre- 
sented a paper at the Southeastern 
Psychological Association annual 
meeting on the results of research he 
did while a graduate student at VCU. 

Kimberlee Maphis Early (B.S. psy- 
chology 1978) is an assistant in devel- 
opment and recruitment for the Divin- 
ity School, Vanderbilt University. 

Melissa A. Gaulding (B.F.A. art ed- 
ucation 1978) received a master's de- 
gree in museum education from 
George Washington University in 
Washington, D.C. She interned at the 
National Zoo, where she designed 
graphics and brochures on the renova- 
tions taking place on several major ex- 
hibits areas, and she also worked as a 
museum resource liaison between a 
Maryland high school and the 
Smithsonian Institution, where she de- 
signed museum activities for high 
school classes in art, ecology, social 
studies and special education. 

Frank M. Goodman, Jr. (B.S. admin- 
istration of justice and public safety 
1978) has become the police chief of 
Crewe, Virginia. 

Joseph E. Hackley, Jr. (B.F.A. com- 
munication arts and design 1978) has 
been free-lancing in Washington, D.C. 
since graduation, but recently accepted 
a position as art director of The Grants- 
manship Center in Los Angeles, Cali- 

Michael A. King (M.H. A. 1978) was 
recently promoted to administrator at 
Braxton County Memorial Hospital, 
which is managed bv the Charleston 
Area Medical Center, Charleston, West 

Lynn A. Kramer (B.S. medical tech- 
nology 1978) is working for Fisher 
Scientific, Orangeburg, New Jerse\', as 
a chemist in qualit\' cimtnil. 

Frederick E. Martin III (medicine 
1978) is an associate with Costenbater, 
Smith and Martin in Norfolk, Virginia. 

J. Stuart Morgan (medicine 1978) 
will serve as chief resident. Depart- 
ment of Internal Medicine, Good Sa- 
maritan Hospital and Medical Center, 
Portland, Oregon, for 1981-82. 

Deborah Derieux Sauer (M.S. medi- 
cal technok)gy 1978) is the chief labora- 
tory technologist at the John Randolph 
Hospital in Hopewell, Virginia. 

Mark F. Suter (B.S. business admin- 
istration and management 1978) has 
been named manager of Packaging 
Services for Philip Morris U.S. A., Rich- 

Henry C. Swartz (M.F.A. theatre 
1978) represented VCU at the inaugu- 
ration of President Frank Everson Van- 
diver at North I'exas State University, 
Denton, Texas. 

Jo P. Wilkerson (cert, accounting 

1978) has been promoted to vice-presi- 
dent of Wheat, First Securities, Inc., 
Richmond, Virginia. 


John F. Alspaugh, Jr. (B.S. English 

1979) has published a book of poetry, 
Eivn/tlung Dark is a Doorami/. He ex- 
plains his interest in poetry "goes back 
a long time." He has a philosophical 
need to write poems, v%hich he con- 
siders the most economical use of the 
English language. 

Donna Wigginton Crothers (B.S. 
mass communications P-jyM) w on third 
place for feature writing in the Virginia 
Press Association recognition pro- 

Kevin H. Ferguson (M.S. sociolog\' 
1979) received a master's in criminol- 
ogy. He is teaching sociolog\' and crim- 
inology at both the Universitx' of Penn- 
sylvania and St. Joseph's Uni\'ersit\- in 
Philadelphia, and he is working on his 
doctorate in sociolog\' criminology. 

Wanda U. Greenwood (B.F.A. crafts 
1979) exhibited her stained glass at the 
Home Show '81 at the State Fair- 
grounds in Richmond. She operates 
her own business. Greenwood Stained 
Glass, in Richmond and pro\'ides cus- 
tom stained glass for homes, busi- 
nesses and churches. 

Katy A. Kelly (B.F.A. painting and 
pnntmaking 1979) is free-lancing for 
the Wasluit^;toii Post, the Wnsluu'^tou 


Star, Country Magazine, and the Wash- 
ington Post Magazine. She and Steven S. 
Bottorff (B.F.A. communication arts 
and design 1979) are designing and il- 
kistrating seasonal brochures and 
other printed materials for the Friends 
of the National Zoo, Washington, D.C. 
Bottorff is employed at WTTG Metro- 
media, Washington, D.C, as the news 
graphic artist. 

Lawrence M. Schonberger (B.S. 
mass communications and history 
1979) has been hired as a full-time 
sports writer and photographer for The 
Times, Springfield, Virginia. 

Marie H. West (B.F.A. fashion de- 
sign 1979) began her own junior 
sportswear company. Attitudes in 
Dressing, in Rego Park, New York. 


Cheryl J. Greene (B.S. biology and 
pre-med 1980) is a drilling fluids engi- 
neer with a leading petroleum seryices 
company, N.L. Baroid Industries Inc., 
Richmond. She is certified as a well 

driller and will soon be certified as a 
mud engineer. 

Stephen R. Hunley (B.S. urban 
studies 1980) is working on a master's 
degree in public administration at the 
Uniyersity of Alabama, where he is 
employed as a teaching assistant. 

Bruce W. Judkins, (M.B. A. 1980), in- 
structor of business management at 
Southwest Virginia Community Col- 
lege, Richlands, Virginia, has written a 
textbook entitled Study Guide for Opera- 
tional Mathematics for Business. 

Bassam A. Kawwass (M.H.A. 1980) 
is director of the Hariri Medical Center, 
Sidon, Lebanon. He is responsible for 
the planning and organizing phase of 
the not-for-profit, 300 bed community 
hospital which will be completed in 
October 1981. 

Duane R. Shields (M.B. A. 1980) is 
affiliated with Electronic Data Systems 
Corporation in Charleston, South Car- 

Robert C. Smedley (M.S.W. 1980) 
has been employed as a clinical social 
worker at the Southern Virginia Mental 
Health Institute in Danyille. 

Sharon E. Weathers (B.A. English 
1980) works with the Health Careers 
Program of the Virginia Council on 
Health and Medical Care and travels 
throughout the state providing infor- 
mation on health career opportunities. 


Garland N. Creighton (M.S. busi- 
ness 1981) has become the director of 
budget and allocations for the United 
Way of Greater Richmond. 

Vickie L. Hayden (B.S. business ad- 
ministration and management 1981) 
was awarded the John A. Levering 
Scholarship to continue her studies at 
VCU. She will be majoring in real es- 
tate and urban land development. The 
scholarship is sponsored by C. Porter 
Vaughan Inc. 

Bonnie G. Mani (M.P.A. 1981) was 
selected as one of the Outstanding 
Young Women of America for 1980. 

E. Rae Phaup (B.S. office administra- 
tion 1981) has accepted a position with 
the Institute of Statistics at VCU. 

U.S.A. Here We Come 

Spend your summer vacation 
with VCU alumni and friends and 
take advantage of a varied travel 
program. Enjoy the lush beauty of 
the tropics, the history of the Old 
West, the splendor and invigoration 
of nature, the entertainment and ex- 
citement of a casino, and the eclec- 
tic style of the California coast. 

An Hawaiian trip is scheduled for 
two different times this summer with 
departures from Richmond, Wash- 
ington, D.C, and Norfolk, Travelers 
will spend seven nights in the capi- 
tal city of Honolulu on the island of 
Oahu and three nights in Kona on 
the island of Hawaii. Optional tours 
are available to facilitate most sight- 
seeing interests. These include a 
Pearl Harbor cruise, Honolulu tour, 
windjammer dinner sail, luau, din- 
ner shows, cruises, and excursions 
to other islands 

If you like the great outdoors, you 
will enjoy the Sun Valley, Idaho, and 
West Yellowstone, Montana, trip de- 
parting from Dulles. Accommoda- 
tions consist of four nights in Sun 
Valley and three nights in Yellow- 
stone with motorcoach transfer. Op- 
tional tours from West Yellowstone 

include a white water float trip; tours 
of Yellowstone National Park, old 
Virginia City, and Teton National 
Park: a chuckwagon dinner; and a 
dinner/theatre. Excursions from 
Sun Valley feature other outdoor ad- 
ventures such as river rafting, 
fishing, nature walks, breakfast 

rides, and hayride/cookout. 

Choose your adventure and join 
the VCU Alumni Travel Program this 
summer. For additional information 
please write the Alumni Activities 
Office, Virginia Commonwealth Uni- 
versity, Richmond, Virginia 23284 or 
telephone (804) 257-1228. 


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